SmarTone plans 5G trials by 2016 end

Hong Kong —

SmarTone Telecommunications, the third largest mobile network operator in Hong Kong, plans to trial 5G technology in the fourth quarter after posting lower earnings in its fiscal year ended June 30.

In a webcast briefing on Friday, SmarTone chief executive Anna Yip said that the company will continue to exercise vigilant cost control to improve productivity, while upholding quality service.

Yip said that 5G technology, which is under fast-track development by major telecommunications equipment suppliers, is expected to improve data speed, capacity density and latency performance for mobile services.

“The new technology will enable SmarTone to capture business opportunities from new types of applications, such as virtual reality and machine-to-machine applications like the Internet of Things,” Yip added.