Telecom promises service to integrate phone lines
Hongkong Telecom is promising a string of new service launches this year with an emphasis on making it even easier to keep in touch.
The company plans a range of measures to integrate fixed-line and mobile phone technologies - a move being made by telecoms companies worldwide, but still in its infancy.
A key elements will be the bundling of different services under one telephone number.
Calls will be routed automatically to where the customer happens to be, whether at their fixed home line, on the office PABX system or on their cellular phone.
The general manager of Hongkong Telecom's fixed-mobile integration division, Sammy Tse, said he expected virtually all phone users in the territory to use this service in some form by 2005.
The Government is due next month to approve a decision to allow the use of a new type of telecom technology, cordless-access services.
These are systems like Japan's highly popular personal handyphone service (PHS) and a European-developed system called DECT. The Government will allow them only for use in home or office uses.
Hongkong Telecom said it had been working with manufacturers on developing a dual-mode handset which could switch between being a true mobile phone to a PHS or DECT receiver when not on the move.