Telecommunications in Hong Kong

CyberWorks upsets competitor

Wharf New T&T, Hong Kong's No 2 fixed-line carrier, has again attacked dominant operator Pacific Century CyberWorks for charging 'abusive' access fees and deterring interconnection.

Thursday, 28 February, 2002, 12:00am

Spectrum increase seen

Six mobile operators could see at least a 16 per cent increase in spectrum capacity to be granted by the Office of the Telecommunications Authority (Ofta) this year. An Ofta spokesman said unused portions in the 1700 to 1900 megahertz bands would be allotted equally to existing operators.

19 Jan 2002 - 12:00am

Ofta lifts lid on fixed-line phone services

From next year, the Government is throwing open the fixed-line telephone market to an unlimited number of operators.

Yesterday, the Office of the Telecommunications Authority (Ofta), the telecoms regulator, said that from the start of the year the Government would welcome as many operators as wanted to provide fixed-line services. Present regulations limit the number to four.

12 Jan 2002 - 12:00am

PCCW asked to improve service to rivals

Two telecommunications operators - Wharf New T&T and New World Telephone - claim Pacific Century CyberWorks is delaying their service requests and have called on the industry regulator to impose penalties if the practice does not stop.

12 Nov 2001 - 12:00am

PCCW asked to improve service to rivals

Two telecommunications operators - Wharf New T&T and New World Telephone - claim Pacific Century CyberWorks is delaying their service requests and have called on the industry regulator to impose penalties if the practice does not stop.

12 Nov 2001 - 12:00am

Mobile phone firms warned over fee rises

Ofta has warned mobile phone operators against misleading customers over a new $10 monthly charge relating to MTR, tunnel and mobile service licence fees.

The Office of the Telecommunications Authority said yesterday it had written to all mobile phone companies warning that it would keep an eye on them regarding imposing the new fee.

27 Jul 2001 - 12:00am

Monitor

KEEP IT SIMPLE. You have heard the mantra many times before from teachers, employers, clients, friends and others.

20 Jul 2001 - 12:00am

Lacking transparency

The final shape of the SAR's much agonised over auction for third generation (3G) mobile telephone services is a triumph of cleverness, yet lacks common sense.

19 Jul 2001 - 12:00am

CCT-Teligent forfeits $10m bond

Wireless fixed-network operator CCT-Teligent has been forced to forfeit a HK$10 million performance bond for failing to meet capital expenditure targets.

The company was one of three that failed to meet the first requirements set by the Office of the Telecommunications Authority (Ofta).

3 Jul 2001 - 12:00am

Watchdog branch to tackle unfair phone-industry practices

Mobile phone and IDD networks are to be scrutinised by a new branch of the industry watchdog set up to stamp out unfair trade practices that limit consumer choice.

19 Jun 2001 - 12:00am

Ofta changes bid rules

The Office of the Telecommunications Authority (Ofta) has taken back a proposal to charge third-generation mobile phone licence bidders under the 'fourth leaver' rule, and retreated to a 'fifth leaver' stance favouring mobile operators. Bidders in the upcoming auction will pay the fifth-highest bidder price, instead of the greater fourth-highest bidder.

16 Jun 2001 - 12:00am

Ofta ready to rail without guidelines

Before we begin today's critique of Government policy let us get it straight, your correspondent does not think the Office of the Telecommunications Authority (Ofta) has any devious purposes or hidden agenda in its latest initiative.

21 Apr 2001 - 12:00am

Ofta adding to its role as regulator

The Office of the Telecommunications Authority (Ofta) is working on a series of measures to enable it to regulate mergers and acquisitions in the telecommunications sector.

'This is a path we should take in light of the full deregulation of our telecoms market,' telecom director-general Anthony Wong Sik-kei said.

19 Apr 2001 - 12:00am

New telecoms watchdog to stem foul play

A Competition Affairs Branch is to be set up by the Office of the Telecommunications Authority (Ofta) to clamp down on foul play in the industry, with the Government set to ask legislators to 'substantially augment' the watchdog's resources.

14 Apr 2001 - 12:00am

Cable TV seeks law to curb pirate viewing

Cable TV has urged the Government to outlaw the possession of unauthorised decoders.

26 Mar 2001 - 12:00am