WikiLeaks: the junk food of disclosures

The Hong Kong file in the latest slew of US State Department cables released by WikiLeaks over the weekend highlights both the blessing and curse of Julian Assange's phenomenon.

Tuesday, 30 August, 2011, 12:00am

Cable repairs finished after Taiwan quake

Repairs on underwater internet and phone cables severely damaged late last year have been completed, 50 days after an earthquake off Taiwan wrecked havoc with communication services.

The Office of the Telecommunications Authority (Ofta) announced yesterday that repair work on the six damaged submarine cables had been finished.

15 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

IT bedlam highlights need for backup in Hong Kong

The earthquake damage to submarine cables off Taiwan highlighted the vulnerability of Hong Kong's broadband networks, leaving providers with few alternatives to get their services up and running again, information technology experts said.

It also exposed the unwillingness of cost-conscious providers to consider alternatives to cable such as satellite transmission, they said.

28 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Bandwith lies dormant as prices plummet

Hong Kong has tremendous telecoms capacity as a result of market deregulation, but it will be many years before bandwidth becomes a freely traded commodity.

19 Sep 2001 - 12:00am