“The network will take some 13 months to develop,” CTM Vice-president of Network Services, Declan Leong, said three months ago. “We recommend the Macau Government provide the licence next year otherwise 5G development will be delayed.”
Thus, CTM started testing its 5G network in June and is expected to finish this month. The company is confident it will launch it for commercial use in the first half of 2020.
“We believe China and South Korea will be the first countries to implement the commercial 5G network and we think Macau can do the same at the same time,” added Leong.
The biggest challenges for building 5G in Macau comprise mainly spectrum resources and cell site deployment, with the high transmission rate and low latency of 5G networks demanding higher spectrum segments.
“We believe 5G could be 100 times faster than 4G . . . Future cell phones will most likely use 4G and 5G together,” CTM CEO Vandy Poon said during a September press conference.
The technology is provided by CTM’s supplier Chinese telecom group Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.