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More HZMB private car quotas set

The governments of Hong Kong and Macau have agreed to increase the regular quotas for Hong Kong cross-boundary non-commercial private cars using the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge to Macau, the Transport Department announced today.   The decision was made to enhance traffic flow between Hong Kong and Macau, better utilising the bridge, the department said.   It will increase the Hong Kong quota by 1,000, following the earlier quota allocation of 1,800 for Hong Kong.   The additional quota will be distributed in two phases from the second quarter.   Half of the additional 1,000 quota allocations is for company applicants and the other half is for individual applicants. The quotas are valid for no more than three years. The eligibility criteria of quota applications remains the same.   Private cars allocated with Hong Kong quotas will be permitted to access the city of Macau multiple times using the bridge.   The Hong Kong quota allotments will be re-allocated upon expiry thro

5G subsidy scheme funding doubled

The Government has increased the funding earmarked for a subsidy scheme to encourage early 5G deployment from $50 million to $100 million and extended the application deadline to July 31, 2022.   It said about 100 additional projects would be accommodated as a result.   Under the Anti-epidemic Fund, the Subsidy Scheme for Encouraging Early Deployment of 5G subsidises 50% of the costs relevant to the deployment of 5G technology in a project, subject to a cap of $500,000.   Since its launch in May 2020, the Government has approved 103 applications, covering innovative applications in various sectors, such as remote mechanical maintenance, remote telemedicine application, 3D building information modelling in construction sites and 4K/8K live video broadcasting.   Secretary for Commerce & Economic Development Edward Yau said with its edge of high speed, low latency, high capacity and massive connectivity, 5G provides enormous potential for developing business services and smart city applications from smart homes to autonomous driving.   He added that the good progress has laid a solid foundation for its extensive application, and the Government will continue its efforts in promoting 5G development.   Enquiries on the scheme can be made to 2961 6333 or via email.
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