3 Hong Kong

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3 Hong Kong
Subsidiary
Industry Mobile telecommunications, Broadband internet access
Founded 1984; 34 years ago (1984)
Area served
Hong Kong
Owner CK Hutchison Holdings
Parent Hutchison Telecommunications
Hong Kong
Website www.three.com.hk/en/

3 Hong Kong (also known as 3HK or Three HK; Chinese: 3香港) is a telecommunications and internet service provider operating in Hong Kong by Hutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong, a subsidiary of CK Hutchison, operating under the global Three brand. 3 Hong Kong is the first Three-branded company, leading to the development of other operations in different locations.[1]

The company was founded in 1984 but was officially named as 3 Hong Kong in 2002.[2] It currently provides 4.5G, 4G LTE, 3G, GSM dual-band mobile telecommunications and Wi-Fi services through its own network infrastructure. 3HK also provides gaming and home entertainment services.[3][4]

The 3Shop in Mong Kok
The 3Shop in Shatin Plaza

History[edit]

The company started in 1984, as a telecommunications company that is granted licence to operate Advanced Mobile Phone Service (AMPS) cellular radio telephone network in Hong Kong. Afterwards, 3 launched Hong Kong's first analogue mobile telecommunications services in 1985.

In 1995, 3 launched their GSM service. In 1998, 3 pushed their first dual-band network in Hong Kong, which is Asia's first dual-band network.

In May 2004, its affiliated 2G operator Orange re-branded its services and changed its name to "3 Dualband", referring to the GSM product, and "3 CDMA", referring to the CDMA product.

In 29 May 2008, Hutchison Telecommunications (Hong Kong) Limited announced that it has signed an agreement with Apple Inc. to bring the iPhone to Hong Kong and Macau later that year under 3.

In 2010, 3 launched their 3Home Broadband (formerly 3ree Broadband) brand, integrating their fixed-line, mobile and Wi-Fi services together.

In 2012, 3 introduced 4G LTE service to Hong Kong. Later on, they announced full coverage in the MTR, the transit railway system in Hong Kong. In the same year, a partnership with Vodafone was launched. 3HK also became a member of the Conexus Mobile Alliance.

In 2014, they announced their plans to offer Skype’s Unlimited World and also VoLTE services.

In 2016, 3 launched their 4.5G services.[5]

In 2017, 3 Hong Kong partnered with Razer, launching a new concept store – RazerStore in Causeway Bay.[6][7]

Services[edit]

Mobile network[edit]

Up till June 2017, 3 Hong Kong has 3.078 millions subscribers, making them the third largest mobile network operator in Hong Kong. As to February 2018, 3 Hong Kong provided the following network service:

In 2017, it is reported that 3 is working with Huawei to provide 5G services in Hong Kong.[8][9]

Home broadband[edit]

3 Hong Kong was originally providing home broadband services as 3Home Broadband. In 2017, 3Home Broadband was rebranded, separating with 3 and abandoning the Three brand. The service has since became one of the key services of HGC Global Communications, another subsidiary of CK Hutchison. Despite the rebrand, 3 Hong Kong stores (dubbed as 3Shop) still provide customer services and promotions for HGC home broadband services.[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Company - Three.com.hk | 3香港". www.three.com.hk. Retrieved 2018-02-19. 
  2. ^ "Hutchison Whampoa confirms brand name for 3G services - Three.com.hk | 3香港". www.three.com.hk. Retrieved 2018-02-21. 
  3. ^ "3 HK, GASH Point team on gaming services". Retrieved 2018-02-20. 
  4. ^ "3HK | Launch Google Chromecast in Hong Kong for a new OTT home entertainment experience - Three.com.hk | 3香港". www.three.com.hk. Retrieved 2018-02-19. 
  5. ^ "Hutchison Telecom to add new 4G network, ramp up infrastructure in Hong Kong later this year". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 2018-02-19. 
  6. ^ "Three Group, Razer push forward e-sports expansion in Hong Kong". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 2018-02-19. 
  7. ^ "RazerStore launches in Hong Kong in partnership with 3HK". Jumpstart Magazine. 2017-06-26. Retrieved 2018-02-19. 
  8. ^ "Hutchison, Huawei start 5G preparations in Hong Kong". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 2018-02-19. 
  9. ^ "3 HK rolls out NB-IoT network on 900MHz band - Mobile World Live". Mobile World Live. 2017-09-22. Retrieved 2018-02-19. 
  10. ^ "HGC unveils new name and brand identity | ComputerWorld Hong Kong". www.cw.com.hk. Retrieved 2018-02-19. 

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