Hong Kong's CSL preps network for LTE Cat 4, offers Huawei's 150 Mbps mobile hotspot (video)

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Hong Kong gets LTE Advanced Cat 4 network and mobile hotspot, courtesy of CSL

With Hong Kong boasting pretty much the fastest average internet speed on this planet, it’s no surprise that the city is also one of the first to launch commercial 150 Mbps LTE Cat 4 service — just right after SingTel’s launch in Singapore earlier this month. Announced yesterday by CSL (who operates both one2free and the more premium 1010), its FD-LTE network takes advantage of the recently acquired 5MHz extended spectrum, in order to increase the capacity of 2600MHz from 2 x 15MHz to 2 x 20MHz. This upgrade is what enables Cat 4 download speed of up to 150Mbps on compatible devices, and it went live yesterday.

The company’s 1800MHz spectrum will also get an upgrade from 2 x 10MHz to 2 x 15MHz in June, followed by another jump to 2 x 20MHz towards the end of the year. You’ll find a live demo video (courtesy of RingHK) showing the performance difference between Cat 3 and Cat 4 after the break, with CTO Christian Daigneault claiming he’s seen a speed increase of up to twice as fast in the lab.

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