Telecommunications

Info technology needs expanding

THE development of telecommunications networks for agriculture, education and taxation, an extension of the 'three golden projects', will increase the need for information technology in China, says a mainland trade official.

Wednesday, 29 March, 1995, 12:00am

First Pacific a sound bet

THE First Pacific conglomerate looks likely to enjoy strong profit growth from its telecommunications business in the next two years.

The company has four telecom operations, Pacific Telelink and Pacific Link (Hong Kong mobile-cellular) in Hong Kong, Smart in the Philippines and Indolink in Indonesia.

19 Mar 1995 - 12:00am

G7 sets global info-structure rolling

THE Group of Seven has launched 11 international pilot projects aimed at starting work on building the so-called Global Information Infrastructure.

The seven most powerful industrial nations found common ground on most issues related to the information super-highway at their first mini-summit devoted to information technology.

7 Mar 1995 - 12:00am

Internet access lost by 4,000

A DISPUTE between one of Hong Kong's largest Internet service providers and its US-based supplier has led to an estimated 4,000 users having their access to the data network cut off.

The Internet, a global computer network, is estimated to be used by up to 30 million people.

25 Feb 1995 - 12:00am

The war of words in cyberspace must stop

JANUARY was a lively month in the local Internet market and things promise to keep up the pace this month.

After all, we have witnessed reported security problems, flack over pornography censorship, a raging licensing debate, and an ever-deepening price war.

This has been matched with an increasingly bitter war of words among the territory's providers.

14 Feb 1995 - 12:00am

Telecoms boom in Anhui

AT the end of November, Anhui province had over 1.1 million telephone lines, and the trade volume in telecommunications hit 1.35 billion yuan (about HK$1.22 billion), up 53.6 per cent, one of the highest increase rates in this sector in China.

23 Dec 1994 - 12:00am

The Hotline to history

FUN, funky and of course functional phones are giving a whole new meaning to the term hot line. More than just communication devices, today's designs qualify as pieces of art.

15 Oct 1994 - 12:00am

Internet coming into its own as tool for global education

IT began as a tool to connect the academic world and the defence community using the emerging computer technologies that were becoming popular several decades ago.

4 Oct 1994 - 12:00am

Barriers to changes in telecom must go

THE deregulation of any telecommunications market is always going to be a minefield. Witness the carnage that occurred a few years back when the Hong Kong Government tried to introduce what had appeared fairly straightforward issues in satellite broadcasting and Pay-TV. What a mess.

13 Sep 1994 - 12:00am

Support helps keeps software pirates away

CUSTOMER service and support in Asia have never been the best in the world.

For many years, computer users in the region have had far less support locally than users in the United States enjoyed.

But this trend has begun to change as computer companies introduce support programmes which resemble those offered in North America.

23 Aug 1994 - 12:00am

China must seek a compromise solution

DOES foreign equity participation in the telecommunications sector compromise a country's sovereignty? This is a question China must seriously address as it embarks on the largest expansion in the history of telecommunications.

9 Aug 1994 - 12:00am

A new line for Telecom

THE ability to negotiate with Government on licensing conditions is becoming a core skill for any telecommunications firm, perhaps more important than any other.

The issue showed itself yesterday when Hongkong Telecom gave further details of its video-on-demand system. The pictures were superb, they sound like a CD.

22 Mar 1994 - 12:00am

Electronic calling card cuts bill size

BACK in 1987, when the birds were still singing - and Cable and Wireless was so secure in its franchise it could say such things - company barkers used to claim it was cheaper to call New York than for New York to call Hong Kong.

What they did not say was that it was only cheaper if your calls were only three minutes or so.

1 Mar 1994 - 12:00am

Policies to keep HK at top in telecoms

THE Government will try to make Hong Kong the communications hub of the region well into the next century, says director of telecommunications Alex Arena.

Speaking yesterday at a conference on telecommunications in the Asia-Pacific region, he assured the industry that government regulatory arrangements would continue to allow it to maintain its steady stream of achievements.

1 Mar 1994 - 12:00am

$58m set aside for authority

THE new Telecommunications Authority is set to receive a budget of $58.6 million to set up its own office.

The budget, if approved by the Legislative Council on Friday, will allow the authority to start work on July 1.

Telecommunication policies are now looked after by the Post Office's telecommunications branch.

14 Jun 1993 - 12:00am