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Rule change sends telecoms company back to drawing board on proposed link with Hangzhou Broadcasting

China Netcom's plan to form a joint venture with a municipal broadcasting bureau may be thwarted by a new Ministry of Information Industry ban on companies extending telecommunications licences to joint-venture units.

Friday, 14 September, 2001, 12:00am

Network integration under consideration

Updated at 3.38pm. Thursday: Beijing has indicated that it may consider opening up the broadband-based cable TV network to data services, China News Service reported on Wednesday.

19 Oct 2000 - 12:00am

Ofta sets fixed-line timetable

Applications for fixed-line services will be invited next year in preparation for a full market opening in 2003.

The Office of the Telecommunications Authority's (Ofta) timetable is much earlier than expected. 'We want to give enough time for the interested parties to prepare for their network rollout,' senior assistant director Au Man-ho said.

12 Oct 2000 - 12:00am

Telecoms chief sees further fall in long-distance tariffs

Consumers could enjoy cheaper international calls after long-distance telecommunications facilities are liberalised next month, according to the telecoms regulator.

31 Dec 1999 - 12:00am

Telecom to freeze home line charges

Hongkong Telecom is to suspend a price rise in fees for residential lines next month because of the economic downturn, costing the company up to $42 million a month.

It will also continue to freeze business line charges until further notice, after deferring in July a rise in the monthly rate of $108.80.

22 Dec 1998 - 12:00am

With monopoly days over, SAR's future depends on who gets new licences

For the Office of the Telecommunications Authority (OFTA), it was a year marked by several landmark events.

In February, the World Trade Organisation Basic Telecommunications Agreement became effective, helping bring the issue of Hong Kong's relative competitive position in telecommunications to the forefront of government policy.

23 Jun 1998 - 12:00am

Fixed-line telecoms face fate

The Information Technology and Broadcasting Bureau yesterday released a consultation paper seeking public views on the future of fixed-line telecoms. The review will focus on the June 30 expiry of the three-year head start given to the three new fixed-line network service operators and whether more local licences should be issued.

1 May 1998 - 12:00am

Rivals slam video-licence plan

Hong Kong's three new fixed-line telephone operators have lashed out at the Government's approach to video-on-demand (VOD) services, saying the decision to offer just two licences was not fair to them or to consumers.

10 Jun 1997 - 12:00am

Crowded mobile phone market faces shake-out

It is a well worn cliche that Asians love mobile telephones. In reality, many developed western markets have deeper customer penetration for mobiles, and cheaper prices. What is unquestioned is the growth in the Asian cellular market.

5 May 1997 - 12:00am

Phone operators slam review

Three of Hong Kong's four fixed-line telephone operators have set aside business differences to label the Government's review of the telecommunications industry ill-conceived and possibly detrimental to the sector.

A joint submission by New World Telephone, New T&T and Hongkong Telecom details a number of concerns about the review process.

22 Apr 1997 - 12:00am

Telecoms policy up for review

The Government, one of Hongkong Telecom's (HKT) biggest local customers, is to review its telecoms procurement policy to take advantage of competition.

The Government does not know its own annual telephone bill. Each department makes its own arrangements, until recently a reasonable way to buy services as there was only a single supplier for all services in Hong Kong: HKT.

21 Mar 1996 - 12:00am

Regulator paves way for improved services

THE Office of the Telecommunications Authority (OFTA) was set up two years ago today as a regulatory body following a policy review.

The Government and industry believed that a specialist body with technical expertise was needed.

In addition to the telecommunications sector, OFTA regulates the entire communications sector from wireless to satellites.

1 Jul 1995 - 12:00am