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Telecommunications in Hong Kong

SAR's distorted policy on radio hams

The report 'Trailwalker event wins radio network reprieve' (South China Morning Post, November 8) omitted one very important fact - that the Hong Kong Amateur Radio Transmitting Society had asked the Office of the Telecommunications Authority (Ofta) to allow its members t

Saturday, 18 November, 2000, 12:00am

Get off this slow learning curve

Here we are, still thrashing about all sorts of odd proposals on how to award third-generation (3G) mobile-phone licences when the rest of the world has figured it out long ago.

16 Nov 2000 - 12:00am

Trailwalker event wins radio network reprieve

Telecommunications chiefs have backed down on plans to limit a temporary radio network for Oxfam's Trailwalker event after warnings the restrictions could put the lives of competitors at risk.

8 Nov 2000 - 12:00am

Surfing the Net a cheaper thrill after latest cuts

Surfing the Internet costs less in Hong Kong than almost anywhere else in the world, the telecommunications watchdog said yesterday after lowering official per-minute rates for access.

2 Nov 2000 - 12:00am

Only shareholders will gain from 'beauty contest' proposal

Like your correspondent Jake van der Kamp ('Monitor' column, South China Morning Post, August 26), I also am aghast that the Office of the Telecommunications Authority (Ofta), appears to be planning to simply give away valuable third-generation (3G) mobile-communication licences in Hong Kong.

22 Sep 2000 - 12:00am

Phone cost adverts 'deceptive'

TWO phone companies are being investigated by the industry watchdog over claims they used deceptive adverts to lure more international callers.

One.Tel is accused of wrongly claiming its rates to the mainland were at 'record' lows for Hong Kong, despite a rival network offering calls to the mainland at less than one-third of the price.

17 Sep 2000 - 12:00am

Regulator warns some sites might trigger IDD charges

Visit certain adult entertainment or electronic games Web sites these days and you may end up paying more than you bargained for on your IDD bill.

20 Jun 2000 - 12:00am

Ofta probes breach claim

City Telecom (CTI) is being investigated by the Office of the Telecommunications Authority (Ofta) because of possible breaches of the industry advertising code in relation to international call offerings.

31 May 2000 - 12:00am

Licence dice loaded for phone firms

When hammering in a nail, it is generally a good idea to hit that nail in the same place with the hammer until the nail goes in.

The nail in this case is the one which needs hammering into the idea that we should give away possibly HK$35 billion of public assets in the radio spectrum for third generation (3G) mobile telephones.

9 May 2000 - 12:00am

Public urged to think beyond licence profit

People should look beyond the possible windfall - estimated at nearly $70 billion - in considering whether the Government should issue third-generation mobile-phone licences by auction, a senior telecommunications official has urged.

6 May 2000 - 12:00am

HKT in call for appeal system

Cable & Wireless HKT is demanding an independent appeal mechanism be included in the Telecommunications (Amendment) Bill as a check on the Office of the Telecommunications Authority (Ofta).

The Government has aimed the bill, which is now in its second reading, at providing Ofta with more power.

15 Apr 2000 - 12:00am

Public purse misses slice of phone pie

It doesn't sound that difficult a question. How to get the maximum public benefit from a natural resource of immense but indeterminate value and of which everyone wants a piece? Allocating scarce resources in an environment where costs, demand and ultimately prices are in a state of flux is what economics is all about.

13 Apr 2000 - 12:00am

Ofta awards more licences

The Office of the Telecommunications Authority (Ofta) has decided to issue two more external facilities telecoms licences.

The move indicates the Government is continuing its efforts to open the telecoms market to competition and strengthen Hong Kong's position as a regional telecoms and broadcasting hub.

4 Apr 2000 - 12:00am

Ofta canvasses 3G opinions

The Office of the Telecommunications Authority (Ofta) issued an industry consultation paper on the licensing framework for third generation (3G) mobile services yesterday. Applications for 3G licences will be invited towards the end of this year. The consultation paper aimed to identify a number of options which can accommodate four to six operators of 3G services.

22 Mar 2000 - 12:00am

Mobile phone fees set to rise

Mobile phone companies are poised to raise prices again, just two months after being forced to reverse a cartel-style increase, industry sources say.

Hutchison is expected to be the first company to put fees up this month as pressure builds for the heavily discounted rates of last year to start climbing.

10 Mar 2000 - 12:00am