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Encouraging Early Deployment of 5G

Encouraging Early Deployment of 5G

The Government launched the Subsidy Scheme for Encouraging Early Deployment of 5G under the second round of Anti-epidemic Fund on 5 May 2020. OFCA is tasked to administer the scheme. The scheme aims to encourage various sectors, through the provision of financial incentives, to deploy 5G technology early to foster innovation and smart city applications, and to improve efficiency of their operations and quality of their services that will contribute to enhancing Hong Kong’s overall competitiveness.

Under the scheme, the Government will subsidise 50% of the actual cost directly relevant to the deployment of 5G technology in an approved project, subject to a cap of $500,000.

The scheme is open for application until 31 December 2022 on a first-come, first-served basis. Public and private entities and bodies are welcome to apply.

Since the launch of the scheme, the response is enthusiastic. OFCA has approved applications covering various sectors including construction, building facilities management, environmental protection, education, e-sports, entertainment and recreation, transport, etc. Upon completion of their projects, subsidised organisations and corporations are required to share and exchange their experiences with their industry in enhancing operational efficiency and services through the deployment of 5G technology so as to benefit their related sectors.

Details of the scheme are available at www.ofca.gov.hk/5g-subsidy.

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