Hong Kong cellco SmarTone has signed a five-year contract with Ericsson for the supply of core network and radio access network (RAN) equipment. The companies say the agreement will pave the way for the introduction of 5G technology, with ‘pre-5G’ trials to commence this year. Telecom Asia quotes SmarTone CTO Stephen Chau as saying: ‘SmarTone is pleased to extend our strategic partnership with Ericsson to pave the way for 5G in Hong Kong … [We] will continue to invest in spectrum and pre-5G technologies within the next few years to provide a superior customer experience and to evolve our network into an advanced, dynamic and cloud-based network architecture.’ According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, SmarTone is the fourth largest mobile services provider in Hong Kong, with around 15% of all subscribers.
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