[Hong Kong, November 28, 2018] Hong Kong Broadband Network Limited (“HKBN”) teamed up with Trend Micro, a global leader in cybersecurity solutions, to launch Hong Kong’s first all-in-one Home Gateway*, which brings together 2Gbps bandwidth on a single fibre broadband network, home network security, parental control, home Wi-Fi and telephone service in one easy-to-use device. Home Gateway delivers a new paradigm in protection for all devices connected to the home network via its “HKBN HomeGuard - Network Security”, bringing enterprise-level network security into homes. It provides added peace of mind with “HKBN HomeGuard - Parental Control”, a feature designed to help parents flexibly manage and monitor children’s online activities. HKBN’s all-new 2Gbps fibre broadband bundle (with Home Gateway)** will be available starting 29 November 2018.
The pleasure of 2Gbps fibre broadband
Currently available options on the market for 2 x 1Gbps home broadband service require users to connect their devices to the Internet via entirely different Wi-Fi networks, which makes interconnectivity between devices much more cumbersome. With HKBN Home Gateway and its 2Gbps fibre broadband service, all Internet-enabled devices in a household can now connect on one single fibre network, with download and upload bandwidth at 2Gbps and 1Gbps respectively. The results ensure that household members can now enjoy the pleasure of using more devices than ever to simultaneously access the Internet for online gaming and to watch myTV SUPER and other OTT video streaming services, and can still expect a super smooth and speedy experience. Knowing that usability and hassle-free convenience is paramount for most customers, HKBN eliminates the stress with round-the-clock remote network troubleshooting and diagnosis, a 24/7 technical support hotline and fully-optimised service installation and setup conducted by a professional team of experts.
Advanced home network security solution
Hong Kong is always a target for hackers. According to the hacking statistics# compiled by Trend Micro across 172 regions worldwide, Hong Kong ranked fourth highest for hacking attacks, with 995,971 attacks recorded in September 2018 alone. In the Internet of Things era, in addition to computers and mobile phones, more and more smart devices such as network-connected cameras, sensors, and even smart door locks, may be susceptible to malware intrusion, monitoring or even eavesdropping.
HKBN teamed up with Trend Micro to provide advanced home network security service for Home Gateway users. Unlike the security software typically provided for individual devices, this embedded network security solution is designed to protect all devices connected to the home network. “HKBN HomeGuard - Network Security” detects, analyses, and protects against external attacks and malicious network activities, blocks unsafe websites and files. The advanced deep pack inspection (DPI) technology offers 3-tier protection^ against common attacks and network intrusions for all devices connected to Home Gateway. To guard against latest cyberattacks, Trend Micro will regularly update the latest list of dangerous websites and malware in its system.
Parental control supports management of children’s online activity
The use of computers and mobile phones by children has now become an indispensable part of life and learning. However, parents are increasingly concerned that their children may be excessively addicted to the Internet, or be at risk from harmful websites or predatory interactions. Through “HKBN HomeGuard - Parental Control”, parents can now easily manage and restrict a child’s Internet activity. The service allows parents to effectively block access to specific categories of websites, set time limits for going online, and much more. Even while parents are away from home, they can stay informed of their children’s Internet activity through automated notifications and other reporting features on a mobile app.
HKBN Co-Owner and CTO, Gary McLaren said, “By launching the all-in-one Home Gateway, we are leading the Hong Kong market through our spirit for innovation. Home Gateway is a breakthrough that will take household connectivity experiences to the next level, bringing the benefits of cutting-edge technology, blazing fast 2Gbps fibre, unparalleled home network security and parental control, all in an affordable package.”
Trend Micro General Manager of Hong Kong & Taiwan, Bob Hung said, “In the third quarter of 2018, we detected more than 62 million cyberattacks globally. Household users tend to overlook the network security in their homes. Blocking attacks at the home network level effectively enhances home security, which is becoming an important new trend for the future. We are very pleased to work with HKBN to provide enterprise-level network security to homes across Hong Kong, allowing families to stay connected on the Internet with peace of mind.”
* HKBN Home Gateway supports 2Gbps fibre broadband on a single fibre broadband network, home network security, parental control function, home Wi-Fi and telephone services
# Trend Micro TrendLabs Monthly Data-driven Threat Landscape Updates, 30 October 2018
^ Deep pack inspection (DPI) combines the functionalities of an intrusion detection system (IDS) and an Intrusion prevention system (IPS) with a stateful firewall.
** Applicable to newly registered customers only. Term and conditions apply. Please refer to https://www.hkbn.net/personal/broadband/en/2gbps-home-gateway/ for plan details, terms and conditions after 9am on 29 November 2018.
About Hong Kong Broadband Network Limited
Hong Kong Broadband Network Limited is a subsidiary of HKBN Group (“HKBN” or “The Group”). HKBN is Hong Kong’s second largest provider of residential high-speed fibre broadband service and a fast growing enterprise solutions provider. The Group offers a wide range of telecommunications solutions for both the residential and enterprise markets, including broadband and managed Wi-Fi services, voice communication, mobile services, OTT entertainment, data centre services, integrated cloud services, data connectivity and system integration. HKBN owns an extensive fibre network in Hong Kong, which covers over 2.3 million residential homes passed and 2,400 commercial buildings. HKBN embraces “Make our Hong Kong a Better Place to Live” as its Core Purpose, and takes great pride in developing its Talents into a competitive advantage. The Group is managed by Co-Owners (supervisory-and-above-level Talents in the Group) who have invested their own savings to buy the shares of HKBN Ltd (SEHK Stock Code: 1310). HKBN Group is part of HKBN Ltd.
About Trend Micro
Trend Micro Incorporated, a global leader in cybersecurity solutions, helps to make the world safe for exchanging digital information. Our innovative solutions for consumers, businesses, and governments provide layered security for data centers, cloud workloads, networks, and endpoints. All our products work together to seamlessly share threat intelligence and provide a connected threat defense with centralized visibility and investigation, enabling better, faster protection. With more than 6,000 employees in 50 countries and the world’s most advanced global threat research and intelligence, Trend Micro enables organizations to secure their connected world. For more information, visit www.trendmicro.com.hk.