SmarTone and HKBN Group (“HKBN”) have entered into a collaboration agreement to use HKBN’s next-generation all-fibre backhaul for SmarTone’s advanced 5G network. Through this collaboration, HKBN will provide a 100 Gigabit Ethernet (“GE”) high-speed backbone network and a 10 GE backhaul network to connect thousands of SmarTone’s cell sites across Hong Kong for SmarTone’s 5G deployment.
In the 5G era, network security and reliability are integral. With SmarTone’s end-to-end 5G network security built-in to each layer of the network, and HKBN’s ultra-resilient fibre network, which is highly reliable and intelligently safeguarded against the risk of Internet and data connectivity interruption, this collaboration enables a robust and advanced backhaul architecture.
5G is bringing huge changes to the way we work, communicate and play. As a smart city, Hong Kong will be at the forefront as one of the world’s first regions to deploy 5G. To support mass local adoption, more 5G cell sites will be built, requiring support from an ultra-robust fibre network. The fibre backhaul connecting the cell sites with the core network serves as a critical part of the 5G infrastructure.
SmarTone Telecommunications Holdings Limited is a leading telecommunications company with operating subsidiaries in Hong Kong and Macau, providing voice, multimedia and mobile broadband services, as well as fixed fibre broadband services for the consumer and corporate markets. The company has been listed in Hong Kong since 1996. It is a subsidiary of Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited.
HKBN Group (“HKBN” or the “Group”), headquartered in Hong Kong with operations spanning Asia across Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, mainland China and Macau, is a leading integrated telecom and technology solutions provider. HKBN’s tri-carrier fibre infrastructure in Hong Kong covers 2.4 million residential homes and over 7,200 commercial buildings and facilities.