HKT and ASTRI innovation partnership in pursuit of Smart City solutions for Hong Kong

HKT and Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) have established the HKT-ASTRI Smart City Joint Laboratory to pursue advanced technologies and solutions for Smart City. HKT will provide financial support to the joint laboratory which will leverage ASTRI’s R&D expertise in next generation communications technologies and sophisticated data solutions.

Dr David Chung – Under Secretary for Innovation and Technology of the HKSAR Government, said, “The development of a smart city cannot solely rely on the government for a people-centric smart city should be built together with the participation of the private sector and the public. Only by this, we can derive smart measures that best suit the needs of the people. The cooperation between HKT and ASTRI today well demonstrates the joint effort of the public and private sectors in utilising technology to improve the life quality for people. I am looking forward to your successful applications very soon.”

Ms Susanna Hui – Group Managing Director of HKT, said, “In this digital era, HKT has already transformed from a traditional telecom operator to a provider of innovative services and solutions for smarter living and smarter business operations. We aim to bring more positive changes to the lives of Hong Kong people and the economy at large through this collaboration, in support of the Government’s Smart City vision.”

Mr Peter Lam – Managing Director of HKT Engineering, said, “We are delighted to continue and strengthen our cooperation with ASTRI through the establishment of the joint laboratory, which will leverage the R&D capability of both parties to explore advanced technology and applications for Smart City in Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area.”

Referring to the Government’s Smart City vision, Mr Hugh Chow – Chief Executive Officer of ASTRI, said, “The Smart City revolution will create enormous opportunities for sustainable economic growth for Hong Kong and this region. Our partnership with HKT is fully aligned with the Government’s vision for an innovation-led smart Hong Kong.”

The HKT-ASTRI Smart City Joint Laboratory will start with a few initial focus areas on Smart City infrastructure, Smart Mobility (including Electronic Road Pricing and Connected Vehicles) as well as fore-running technologies such as Blockchain, big data analytics, Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Smart Economy, in which ASTRI’s R&D expertise in next generation communication technologies, blockchain, video and data analytics, AI and cyber security will come into play.

Hong Kong’s Smart City development blueprint is all about addressing urban challenges, strengthening governance, enhancing public services, improving quality of lives, and ensuring safety and sustainability – with the power of innovation and technology. The HKT-ASTRI Smart City Joint Laboratory will pursue sophisticated and market-relevant innovations contributing to that goal.

About HKT

HKT (SEHK: 6823) is Hong Kong’s premier telecommunications service provider and leading operator in fixed-line, broadband and mobile communication services. It meets the needs of the Hong Kong public and local and international businesses with a wide range of services including local telephony, local data and broadband, international telecommunications, mobile, and other telecommunications businesses such as customer premises equipment sales, outsourcing, consulting, and contact centres.

HKT offers a unique quadruple-play experience in Hong Kong delivering media content on its fixed-line, broadband Internet access and mobile platforms jointly with its parent company, PCCW Limited.

HKT also provides a range of innovative and smart living services beyond connectivity to make the daily lives of customers more convenient, whether they are at home, in the workplace, or on the go. For more information, please visit


Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute Company Limited (ASTRI) was set up by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in 2000 with the mission of enhancing Hong Kong’s competitiveness in technology-based industries through applied research.

ASTRI’s core R&D competence in various areas is organised under seven Technology Divisions, namely Mixed Signal Systems IC, Advanced Digital Systems, Electronics Components, Intelligent Sensing Technology System, Intelligent Software and Systems, Security and Data Sciences and Communications Technologies. Our R&D strategic focus covers five areas of applications: financial technologies, intelligent manufacturing, health technologies, smart city and the Hong Kong branch of the Chinese National Engineering Research Centre (CNERC), forming our five-pillar R&D strategies.

For more information, please contact:
Stella Wong
Tel: +852 2888 2253
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Iris Fu
Tel: +852 3406 0266
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Dr David Chung – Under Secretary for Innovation and Technology (centre), Mr Wong Ming-yam – Chairman of ASTRI (3rd from right), Ms Annie Choi – Commissioner for Innovation and Technology (2nd from right), Mr Hugh Chow – Chief Executive Officer of ASTRI (right), Mr Peter Lam – Managing Director of HKT Engineering (3rd from left), Honourable Mr Charles Mok – Member of the Legislative Council (2nd from left), and Dr Henry Wong – Head of Strategic Wireless Technology and Core Networks of HKT Engineering (left) jointly announce the establishment of the HKT-ASTRI Smart City Joint Laboratory