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China Mobile's earnings fall 5.9pc, ending 14-year run of profit growth

China Mobile Chairman Xi Guohua at the company's results briefing yesterday. He said 4G services should be cheaper than 3G due to technology advancement. Photo: Edward Wong

China Mobile said net profit fell 5.9 per cent to 121.7 billion yuan (HK$153.6 billion) last year due to heavier investments in infrastructure resources. It was the first time in 14 years that profits at the world's largest mobile company by subscribers failed to grow.

Friday, 21 March, 2014, 5:20am

CSL raises the ante on 4G network services

CSL chief Phil Mottram shows off the pocket Wi-fi router.

CSL said the expansion was made possible by more than HK$1 billion it had invested on network development and innovation since last year. It now provides 20 megahertz of 4G spectrum in the 2.6-gigahertz frequency band, up from 15MHz previously.

23 May 2013 - 4:27am

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.

10 May 2013 - 5:31am

Mobile phone firms gag at Ofca's tone

Anthony Wu Ting-yuk

A ripple of surprise ran through Hong Kong's mobile-phone carriers on Monday after they received a letter from the Office of the Communications Authority (Ofca).

The letter noted that after the publication of the second consultation document at the end of last year on the proposed new arrangements for 3G spectrum, there had been a certain amount of comment.

8 May 2013 - 6:05am

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

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

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

Higher costs loom for Hong Kong mobile market with 3G spectrum auction

Douglas Li, chief executive of SmarTone

The mobile communications market will see costs spiral up for both consumers and service providers under the government's plan to seize and auction off chunks of 3G spectrum currently in use, according to SmarTone Telecommunications.

18 Mar 2013 - 2:17am

Hong Kong mobile firms oppose any 3G spectrum grab

A position paper drawn up this month by four local operators said the government's plan to seize and auction off chunks of their existing 3G spectrum would benefit China Mobile.

Efforts by Hong Kong's four leading mobile network service providers to renew their 3G spectrum is shaping up to be a battle of wills against China Mobile, the world's largest wireless network operator.

13 Mar 2013 - 5:21am