154. The Government published the Hong Kong Smart City Blueprint in December 2017. A number of major initiatives were launched, including opening up government data, formulating a pro-innovation government procurement policy, as well as launching the FPS. We will set up a Smart Government Innovation Lab this April to engage the industry and solicit their assistance in using IT to improve public services, foster public-private partnership, and create business opportunities for start-ups and SMEs in Hong Kong. Furthermore, we are preparing for three smart city infrastructure projects, including providing an electronic identity for all Hong Kong residents, installing multi-functional smart lampposts, as well as enhancing the government cloud services and building a big data analytics platform. We have allocated over $900 million to these projects, which will be completed progressively in the coming two years.
155. Through collecting, processing and analysing geographic information, the Government has acquired a large volume of relevant data. Accessibility of inter-connected geospatial data can facilitate policy planning and formulation by government departments. The DEVB is working with the ITB and major user departments to press ahead with the setting up of the Common Spatial Data Infrastructure (CSDI) for the consolidation, exchange and sharing of geospatial information to tie in with the development of various smart city applications by the community. I will earmark $300 million to expedite the development of digital infrastructure, with a view to facilitating the dissemination, utilisation and innovative application of geospatial data. With the CSDI coming into full operation by the end of 2022 and the high-quality 3D digital maps of the whole territory being made available in phases, more spatial data which are easier to search and use will be provided for organisations in the public and private sectors.
156. Digital infrastructure is essential for a smart city to develop. All eyes are now on the development of the fifth generation mobile communications technology (5G). With its technical characteristics of high speed, high capacity, high reliability and low latency, 5G has immense potential for application in various business services and a smart city in the long run. The Government will assign and auction spectrums in different frequency bands in batches to prepare for the development of 5G networks and services.
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