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Reinvention only way forward for embattled fixed-line carriers

Telecoms players have no choice but to offer mobile services to survive the constant forces of change

Tuesday, 15 March, 2005, 12:00am

Shake-up at watchdog fuels speculation over rise in fees

An upcoming shake-up at China's telecoms regulator has fuelled speculation of a rise in domestic inter-connection fees during the second quarter.

Sources at China Telecom were quoted over the weekend as saying an increase could be imminent as the company expects approval from the Ministry of Information Industry (MII) during the second quarter of this year.

13 Jan 2003 - 12:00am

Phone card company may lose licence over IDD calls

Sun Telecom, a provider of pre-paid international calling cards, is facing a licence ban for failing to provide IDD services to its customers.

18 Apr 2002 - 12:00am

Global awareness at core of HK Telecom's image switch

While not revolutionary, last week's con firmation from Britain's Cable & Wireless (C&W) that it will rename Hongkong Telecom appears to make sense in a world where global image-making is gathering importance.

7 Jun 1999 - 12:00am

It's in the specs

A British Telecom employee demonstrates a wearable PC (the computer monitor is in his glasses) at the telecom giant's research and development facility at Martlesham, England. Among the technologies being worked on at BT Labs are smart workspaces, 3D virtual environments and mobile phones capable of displaying video.

20 Apr 1999 - 12:00am

BT ignores domestic custom in chase for big business clients

British Telecom (BT) is the latest player to enter the Hong Kong international direct-dial market, but it is not planning to offer services to domestic users.

The company is extending offers to big business, which it serves through Concert, its international arm, which targets multinational companies.

15 Jan 1999 - 12:00am

HK Telecom seen conceding infrastructure to newcomers

While Hong Kong's fixed-line telephone companies fret over the likelihood of more competition next year and the Government's failure to rein in the last vestiges of Hongkong Telecom's monopoly-derived advantages, analysts say these firms are worrying for all the wrong reasons.

4 Dec 1998 - 12:00am

Global business set for 'second handover'

A month today marks a landmark date in the history of Hong Kong's telecommunications industry as the Government opens the international call market to competition for the first time, ending the monopoly of Hongkong Telecom.

1 Dec 1998 - 12:00am

International operators oppose high access fee

Pressure is growing on the Government to rethink its costing proposals for access to the local fixed-line network.

23 Oct 1998 - 12:00am

Operators in the dark over final telecom plan

Hongkong Telecom's fixed-line rivals have been pouring over spreadsheets working out what the end to its monopoly on international calls will mean for their operations.

New World Telephone, New T&T and Hutchison Telecom have carved out profitable businesses offering callback services to undercut Telecom's international prices.

22 Jan 1998 - 12:00am

BT Shipping chief appointed

BT Shipping has appointed Terje Askvig managing director of its British subsidiary BT Shipping (London).

Mr Askvig has the support of Norwegian shipping group Loki, which holds a 49.6 per cent stake in BT Shipping.

BT Shipping has been led by chairman Eddie Pollock since its flotation on Nasdaq in 1989.

19 Dec 1997 - 12:00am

BT will bid to capture market

British Telecom (BT) says it will definitely bid for a licence to provide international services in the territory when Hongkong Telecom's (HKT) monopoly over long distance calls ends.

HKT's international monopoly lasts until 2006 but it is negotiating with the government to bring that date forward.

31 Mar 1997 - 12:00am

Loss of monopoly far from fatal to Telecom

Hong Kong Telecom was raised on the fattening spoils of monopoly providing investors with rich returns.

For years the stock had the highest ownership by foreign fund managers of any company outside of Japan.

But many have cashed out, citing China risk and a likely profit erosion from increased competition.

23 Sep 1996 - 12:00am

Merge misdialled

MERGER talks between Cable and Wireless (C&W) and British Telecom (BT) collapsed. Analysts now expect new suitors to emerge for Hongkong Telecom controller C&W.

5 May 1996 - 12:00am

Flyaway prizes from Telecom

HONGKONG Telecom will give away 90 air tickets to any destination during the course of it's '001 IDD Get Closer Fiesta' advertising campaign.

During the promotion, which runs until February 14, anyone who registers and makes a 001 International Direct Dial call of more than five minutes can enter the draw.

Three winners will be chosen daily.

31 Jan 1996 - 12:00am

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