Consumer worries over Li family's telecoms grip in Hong Kong after CSL deal

Richard Li Tzar-kai

Li Ka-shing's family will tighten its grip on the city's HK$63 billion telecommunications market with a takeover in mobile phone services announced by Richard Li Tzar-kai that has raised consumer concerns about fair competition, even though industry players have insisted the deal could help cap costs for users.

Monday, 23 December, 2013, 7:26am 1 comment

HKT's acquisition of CSL makes Richard Li telecoms kingpin again

Richard Li Tzar-kai. Photo: Bloomberg

Richard Li Tzar-kai is back on top of Hong Kong's telecommunications industry after the tycoon's PCCW-controlled HKT agreed yesterday to acquire CSL New World Mobility, a subsidiary of Australian network operator Telstra, for HK$18.8 billion.

21 Dec 2013 - 8:22am 7 comments

PCCW sees strong growth of media business in the second half

PCCW's consolidated net profit reached HK$856 million in the first half. Photo: AFP

PCCW, which saw its consolidated net profit rise 2 per cent in the first half, expects the return of English Premier League football matches on Now TV this month to step up growth in its media business.

7 Aug 2013 - 4:42am

PCCW enabled US intelligence agencies to gain access to data

PCCW says its obligations did not affect Hong Kong customers. Photo: AFP

Hong Kong's main telecom provider PCCW enabled US intelligence agencies to gain access to huge volumes of electronic communications for a decade through Asia's largest intercontinental carrier, which it operates with an Australian counterpart.

13 Jul 2013 - 5:22am

It's now or never, says frustrated free TV player

Liu Kai-chi stars in the crime thriller Borderline. Photo: SCMP

PCCW and i-Cable should quit the race for free-to-air television licences if they don't want one now, Hong Kong Television Network (HKTV) boss Ricky Wong Wai-kay says.

"If you don't want the licence, drop your application," Wong told his rivals yesterday.

15 Jun 2013 - 4:06am

PCCW gets tuned in to free-to-air TV tug of war

PCCW gets tuned in to free TV tug of war

The publicity battle between three television stations hoping to start broadcasting on free-to-air channels is heating up amid talk that the government may grant new licences only to "winning" bidders.

11 Jun 2013 - 7:50am

Letters to the Editor, May 14, 2013

Countries must now clean up their act. Photo: Bloomberg

Eco-friendly policies are feasible

15 May 2013 - 3:08am

Letters to the Editor, May 10, 2013

Dock workers may lose out in the long run. Photo: Felix Wong

'Success' for strikers has hurt society

I am glad to hear that the strike by dockworkers has come to an end following their acceptance of a 9.8 per cent pay rise.

I did not share any feelings of euphoria over their so-called victory.

Our logistics industry, one of the major pillars of Hong Kong's economy, faces major challenges from other ports in the region.

10 May 2013 - 4:43am 2 comments

Letters to the Editor, April 12, 2013

Thatcher's legacy inspires Britons, even now. Photo: EPA

I welcome the promising seven-year clean-air plan released by the government, especially the proposal for low-emission zones for franchised buses. However, the range should be expanded to private cars too.

7 May 2015 - 3:07pm 1 comment

PCCW wrongly billed users HK$4.3m

City Telecom chairman Ricky Wong. Photo: David Wong

PCCW has been called on to carefully monitor its licence obligations after it wrongly billed customers HK$4.3 million in broadband and pay TV charges.

4 Apr 2013 - 4:53am

Letters to the Editor, April 2, 2013

Cars double parked in a street in Central. Photo: David Wong

The description in Jose Chan's letter ("Policyholders worse off with proposed insurance authority", March 28) distorts our proposals. One of the purposes of establishing the new authority is to enhance protection of policyholders.

2 Apr 2013 - 3:45am 15 comments

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

Legco panel to look into 3G spectrum issue

Hong Kong's four leading mobile network operators will discuss the expiry and future of their 3G spectrum licences at a Legislative Council meeting. Photo: Jonathan Wong

SmarTone Telecommunications, CSL, Hutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong and PCCW's HKT are to be invited by the legislative body's panel on information technology and broadcasting to discuss the issue on March 27, according to a Legco document.

14 Mar 2013 - 6:41am

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