HKT introduces 10G broadband service in Hong Kong

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HONG KONG — HKT, one of Hong Kong's largest telecommunication providers, has introduced 10G broadband service in Hong Kong over its extensive fiber network for both residential and commercial customers. Upon its commercial launch, all premises that are within HKT’s FTTH coverage area – currently comprising more than 80 percent of Hong Kong households and progressively expanding – will have the opportunity to enjoy this ultrafast network speed. The company's existing 504,000 FTTH customers may also upgrade to 10G service easily.

10G broadband is ideal for customers with a real need for speed such as for home office, online gaming, OTT movies as well as those who simply aspire for the great and better things in life. For instance, it would take only about 20 seconds to download a typical HD feature movie with a file size of 25G using 10 Gbps broadband. The same download might take 400 seconds (6.7 minutes) if using 500 Mbps service or more than 33 minutes on a 100 Mbps service. In its pilot phase the NETVIGATOR 10G PON (passive optical network) service will initially be provided to select customers. It will be made available broadly to customers in the general commercial launch targeted in the third quarter of this year.

According to Lex Arena, group managing director of HKT, "As the first operator to introduce 10G service in Hong Kong, HKT also has the unique capability of offering this service to everyone under our FTTH footprint because of the investments that we have made in the past in building an extensive fiberrich network to handle technological evolution. Because of our abundant fiber resources, incremental cost for the deployment of 10G service to meet customer demand is also well contained within our normal capital expenditure budget. Our data show that a considerable portion of our FTTH customers are using 500 Mbps service or above, and we believe there is strong potential for customer upgrades."

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