OFCA launches labelling scheme to boost 5G indoor coverage in Hong Kong buildings

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30th May 2024 – (Hong Kong) The Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA) unveiled today the Labelling Scheme for Buildings with 5G Indoor Coverage, aimed at encouraging mobile network operators (MNOs) to enhance the network coverage of fifth-generation (5G) mobile services in indoor areas of buildings. The initiative seeks to provide the public with more stable and high-speed mobile communications services.

Under the Labelling Scheme, MNOs and building managers are encouraged to collaborate in installing 5G communications facilities and improving indoor mobile network coverage in common areas such as lobbies, lifts, carparks, shopping centres, and basements. Buildings that have already deployed 5G indoor base stations can display a designated label as certification of 5G network coverage, indicating the availability of high-speed, low-latency, and high-capacity 5G services in these indoor areas. Currently, the OFCA has registered over 600 buildings, including residential, commercial, and industrial properties, with the four MNOs.

“As 5G services continue to evolve, comprehensive network coverage becomes essential to meet the public’s demand for high-speed and reliable mobile services, while also driving the development of innovative and smart city applications in Hong Kong. We encourage more buildings to participate in the Labelling Scheme and collaborate with MNOs to enhance indoor mobile network coverage and capacity through 5G base station installations. This will also enhance the overall image of participating buildings,” stated an OFCA spokesperson.

The Telecommunications (Amendment) Ordinance 2024, passed by the Legislative Council in February, mandates that new and redeveloped buildings, including commercial, industrial, residential, and hotel structures, reserve appropriate space for MNOs to install and maintain mobile communications facilities. Government buildings and public housing estates will also follow these arrangements. The relevant Code of Practice will oblige MNOs to install 5G communications facilities in indoor common areas to the extent feasible, facilitating the expansion of mobile network coverage and capacity throughout Hong Kong.