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2G services in Hong Kong are currently provided to consumers using spectrum in the 900 MHz and 1800 MHz bands. The spectrum was assigned to mobile network operators ("MNOs") for a fixed term of 15 years. On 12 January 2021, a new term of assignment commenced for the spectrum in the 900 MHz band upon the expiry of the previous term on 11 January 2021, resulting in part of the spectrum changing hands. As for the spectrum in the 1800 MHz band, the existing term of assignment will expire in end September 2021 and part of the spectrum will also change hands upon re-assignment.

Individual MNOs may take the opportunity of the aforementioned spectrum re-assignment to refarm part of the assigned frequency spectrum in the 900 MHz and 1800 MHz bands for the provision of more advanced mobile services. With less spectrum deployed for 2G networks, MNOs may gradually scale down their provision of 2G services. Customers using old mobile handsets which support reception of 2G services with only one of the above frequency bands may be affected in the process.

If consumers have any enquiries about the 2G services currently provided to them, they are advised to contact their service providers for more information, and consider whether to upgrade their service plans and mobile devices for better service quality as well as more advanced and innovative functions and features available from newer generation of mobile services.

Office of the Communications Authority

12 January 2021