Hong Kong has deployed the latest generation of wireless Internet, the “Long Term Evolution” network that enables faster data downloads and uploads on mobile devices compared with a third-generation network. The so-called “fourth generation” system is being rolled out by Hong Kong mobile network operator CSL in partnership with telecoms equipment maker ZTE Corporation.
The system will give speeds of up to 100 megabits per second (Mbps) and should make the high quality viewing of full length movies or realtime live sporting events possible anywhere in the city.
LTE networks are already operating in Europe, Scandinavia and North America. Japan will have an LTE system before the end of the year and huge growth in LTE connections is expected over the next five years, especially in China.
Meanwhile CSL’s owner, the Australian telecoms giant Telstra, said it’s looking to make acquisitions to strengthen its position in the Asia-Pacific region.
“Organic growth is always the best growth. But you do need to acquire new technology that’s going to allow you to fuel the growth in the future,” David Thodey.
“Sometimes you expand geographically… or sometimes you want to expand your market share. We’ll be doing all three because it’s critically important for a company to keep pushing the limits as you go forward.”