Why Hong Kong is lagging behind in 5G rollout

Hong Kong used to be a leader in the global telecommunications sector. It was the first to launch a mobile service in subway train tunnels, the first to launch video-based 3G mobile services as well as the 4G mobile broadband network.

But the city appears to have lost its momentum amid rapid changes in technology. While neighbors in the region such as mainland China, South Korea and Japan are scrambling to introduce 5G mobile services, Hong Kong appears unusually quiet when it comes to preparing for the commercial launch of the new technology. It has…