Telecommunications

Part 12 - The internet

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Listening skills

Wednesday, 28 March, 2007, 12:00am

crash test dummies

The recent tale of a 2,500-year-old mirror being dropped on a Chinese television show echoed around the globe and set me thinking about other things that crash - and burn. So this week's column examines the five leading technology flops of all time - 'stuff' that craved post-it-note ubiquity but proved to be rubbish.

4 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

First person

The internet chaos of the past fortnight is a wake-up call for businesses to be better prepared for crises and for some casual users to consider whether they spend too much time online, says Charles Mok Nai-kwong, Hong Kong chairman of the US-based Internet Society.

11 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Next best thing to being there

A NEW TECHNOLOGICAL tool is being added to the armoury of banks and financial firms as they do battle to attract and retain customers who present the potential to grow their accounts and assets.

Real-time communication delivered over IP (internet protocol) video is allowing banks and financial firms to link directly with customers.

9 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Converging lines

IP CONVERGENCE HAS been vaunted as one of the most profound developments in modern communications.

31 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Fairwood changes IT menu to boost brand

The Hong Kong fast-food chain is busy spicing up its image with a unified communications system

Fast-food chain operator Fairwood Holdings has started a sweeping revamp of its information technology infrastructure as it also looks to finish a corporate re-branding programme this year.

9 May 2006 - 12:00am

Video telephony will be next call

Experts say it is only a matter of time before businesses in Asia start expanding to IP networks

President George W. Bush has installed one at his ranch in Texas. New Zealand film director Peter Jackson relied on his when away from the set of Lord of the Rings, and Basil Exposition used one to keep tabs on Austin Powers in the spy spoof International Man of Mystery.

12 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Could entering a lottery cost me my privacy?

I received an e-mail from ESDLife [the government's programme to promote internet usage] to register my personal details against my Octopus card. The advertisement e-mail from ESDLife promised some kind of lottery prize for a trip to Guam on registration. Attracted by the chance of a free trip, I registered my Octopus card.

29 Jun 2004 - 12:00am

HK broadband use up sharply

There are now more broadband internet surfers in Hong Kong than narrowband users - a sign the city is becoming increasingly technology savvy as consumers prefer lightning-fast downloads to pedestrian dial-up access.

17 Jan 2004 - 12:00am

Broadband Net users up 21pc to 1.2m

There are now more broadband internet surfers in Hong Kong than narrowband users - a sign the city is becoming increasingly technology savvy as consumers prefer lightning-fast downloads to pedestrian dial-up access.

17 Jan 2004 - 12:00am

Regulator sets fee for mobile-call connections

The new rules are a step towards resolving the issue among mainland telecoms firms and reforming the charging system

China's telecommunications regulator has issued new rules on interconnection settlement among the carriers, marking a major step forward in resolving the long-delayed reform on interconnection.

13 Nov 2003 - 12:00am

Net users jump on broadband wagon

Hong Kong's broadband revolution is gathering pace with the number of homes and offices using high-speed connections overtaking the number connected by narrowband for the first time.

Newly-released statistics show that in September, there were 1.16 million broadband subscriptions compared with 1.11 million narrowband connections.

10 Nov 2003 - 12:00am

Majority of internet users jump on broadband wagon

The number of high-speed connections has now overtaken old-style accounts

Hong Kong's broadband revolution is gathering pace with the number of homes and offices using high-speed connections overtaking the number connected by narrowband for the first time.

10 Nov 2003 - 12:00am

Last mile on the road to liberalisation

Eight years ago, Hong Kong pioneered a radical experiment in the liberalisation of telecommunications that has rippled across the globe. Results have been spectacular, with a massive expansion of networks and services resulting in some of the world's lowest prices.

8 Oct 2003 - 12:00am

Business owners get first detailed look at Certificate of Origin

Companies looking to cash in on the zero tariff benefits for goods under Cepa were yesterday given more details on the procedures to be followed.

Most importantly, business owners were able to get their first glimpse of the Certificate of Hong Kong Origin, which is needed to show that the product to be imported to the mainland falls under one of 273 tariff-exempt categories.

30 Sep 2003 - 12:00am