• SmarTone deploys Ericsson Spectrum Sharing to open the gates to 5G-based smart city

    Leading Hong Kong telco SmarTone has officially launched a 5G service, claiming to offer the territory’s widest network coverage to spearhead smart city development.

    With operating subsidiaries in Hong Kong and Macau, SmarTone Telecommunications Holdings provides voice, multimedia and mobile broadband services, as well as fixed fibre broadband services for the consumer and corporate markets. With the roll-out of the 5G service in Hong Kong, SmarTone says it is adopting an integrated approach of combining high-, mid- and low-spectrum bands to build a “robust and industry-leading” 5G network.

    Riding on its existing LTE infrastructure, the network will be progressively deployed

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  • Privacy campaigners call for radical changes to contact-tracing app

    Campaigners from across a diverse range of civil society groups have called on the government to put in place privacy protections for its NHSX Covid-19 contact-tracing app – so it can gain the trust of marginalised groups, ethnic minorities and immigrants – or scrap the project and start over.

    Foxglove, the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI), Liberty, Medact, the Open Rights Group and Privacy International have all co-signed a letter calling on the government to either switch from the currently planned centralised data processing model (where the data is sent to NHS servers for processing)

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  • Employees must be consulted on technologies monitoring the return to work

    Employees should be involved in the “design, construction, testing and implementation” of any technologies used to control or monitor their return to work as the Covid-19 lockdown eases, according to experts.

    Employers must do more to foster trust with staff when using data-intensive systems to track their movements or behaviour, attendees at a panel debate entitled Back to work: tracking social distancing were told.

    “We know that the use of technology can be really helpful,” said Andrew Pakes, director of communications and research at Prospect, a specialist professional science and research union. “ It can make people feel secure, it

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