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3G spectrum

Mobile operators to challenge OFCA's 'muzzle'

Mobile operators to challenge OFCA's 'muzzle'

Hong Kong's leading mobile network operators are poised to issue "a strong response" to a veiled attempt by government to put a muzzle on critics of its 3G spectrum reassignment plan, sources say.

Friday, 10 May, 2013, 5:31am

Speed up 3G spectrum review, mobile firms say

Networks want their 3G licences to be automatically renewed.

Hong Kong's leading mobile network operators are calling on the government to speed up the review of its plan to seize and auction off chunks of 3G spectrum in use.

6 May 2013 - 3:34am

Operators call for review of 3G spectrum plan

Ken Pearson (left) and Phillipa Marks, consultants of Plum Consulting, attend a press conference on 3G spectrum in Hung Hom.

The Hong Kong government has failed to appraise fully the negative impact that its plan to reassign 3G spectrum in use and impose a significant increase in license fees would have on mobile services, say local network firms.

12 Apr 2013 - 5:43am

Talking points

Public consultation on government plans to increase the number of operators in the Hong Kong mobile phone market comes to an end.

Public consultation on government plans to increase the number of operators in the Hong Kong mobile phone market comes to an end.

11 Apr 2013 - 6:07am

3G mobile spectrum renewal still an option for government

Licence holders claim that reallocation of the 3G spectrum will lead to much lower download speeds for users. Photo: SCMP

Efforts by Hong Kong's leading mobile network operators to keep all of their 3G mobile spectrum allocations will likely come down to the final cases they present to the public consultation on the matter, which closes today.

11 Apr 2013 - 5:28am

Hong Kong may become new showcase for China Mobile

China Mobile had more than 720 million subscribers by the end of February and plans to bid for spectrum in Hong Kong. Photo: AFP

China Mobile's plan to acquire chunks of existing 3G mobile spectrum in Hong Kong may be part of a bigger goal to make the city a new showcase for the world's largest wireless network operator, according to an industry expert.

6 Apr 2013 - 4:53am

Government hangs up on Hong Kong's mobile phone users

Many losers, but one big winner

The consultation period for government proposals to reallocate mobile frequency spectrum ends next week. For reasons best known to itself, the government wants to reassign the spectrum when the present arrangements expire in 2016. Lai See has yet to meet anyone who thinks this is a good idea.

3 Apr 2013 - 3:28am 1 comment

Mobile operators urge release of more spectrum

Phone companies are warning of serious service disruptions.

The government is facing renewed calls to release more mobile spectrum and create a secondary market for trading those assets in Hong Kong, following strong opposition to its plan to seize and re-auction chunks of 3G spectrum currently in use.

1 Apr 2013 - 4:04am

SmarTone completes first bond offering

The bond sale will help finance a bid to renew its 3G licence.

Mobile network operator SmarTone Telecommunications has completed a US$200 million bond offering that will help finance the company's bid to renew its 3G spectrum licence in 2016.

29 Mar 2013 - 5:13am

Network suppliers, operators warn of mobile disruption

Hong Kong's big mobile network operators have warned of increased service degradation if they lose part of their 3G spectrum. Photo: Bloomberg

Two of the world's largest telecommunications equipment suppliers have joined local mobile operators in raising the spectre of acute services disruption in Hong Kong if the government seizes and auctions off chunks of 3G spectrum currently in use.

28 Mar 2013 - 6:01am

Talking points

Dr Benny Tai Yiu-ting

The academic behind plans for an Occupy Central pro-democracy campaign in summer fleshes out his proposal. Dr Benny Tai Yiu-ting, an associate professor of law at the University of Hong Kong, floated the idea of rallying 10,000 campaigners to press the central government to keep its pledge to introduce universal suffrage for the 2017 chief executive election. 

27 Mar 2013 - 3:09am

Hutchison slams decision to reclaim 3G spectrum

Hutchison Whampoa chairman Li Ka-shing (centre) expects the company’s European business to grow this year, barring exceptional challenges. Photo: Sam Tsang

Hutchison Whampoa, which saw its net profit more than halve last year, said it would not rule out a legal challenge to the Hong Kong government's decision to seize part of its 3G mobile spectrum for sale to new competitors.

27 Mar 2013 - 5:27am 3 comments

3G spectrum grab-and-sale plan flawed, say consultants

Ken Pearson (left) and Phillipa Marks, consultants of Plum Consulting attend a press conference on 3G spectrum in Hung Hom. Photo: Felix Wong

The Hong Kong government has underestimated the potential service disruption and high costs likely to be caused by its plan to seize and auction off chunks of 3G mobile spectrum a study by the British firm Plum Consulting commissioned by the city's four telecommunications network operators has found.

26 Mar 2013 - 5:22am

Government's 3G spectrum plan will add up to HK$30 to bills says operator

PCCW subsidiary HKT wants to see a spectrum trading platform, which would create an efficient secondary market. Photo: Felix Wong

The government's plan to seize and auction off chunks of 3G mobile spectrum will act as a new tax on the sector and significantly raise the cost of mobile telecommunications services, according to HKT, the largest telecommunications network operator in Hong Kong.

25 Mar 2013 - 5:32am

Arena holds government accountable for spectrum issue

Alex Arena

Among the telecommunications industry's staunchest critics of the government's plan to re- assign 3G mobile spectrum currently in use, HKT Group managing director Alex Arena arguably stands out because of his previous work in government.

25 Mar 2013 - 3:37am

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