HONG KONG is in a far better position than the United States as far as its telecommunications future is concerned, according to a US presidential task force adviser. Speaking at the 1995 Converging Communications Conference, Phillip Gorman, an adviser to President Bill Clinton's National Information Infrastructure Task Force, said: 'Hong Kong absolutely stands out because of the competitive nature of its set-up for communications, its incredible population density and its lack of existing cable infrastructure.' He said Hong Kong was ideally placed to take advantage of the so-called information super-highway. Mr Gorman praised the Hong Kong Government for encouraging competition between Hongkong Telecom and Wharf Cable in the area of interactive television. 'We're interested in Hong Kong, because it is one of the few places in Asia where telephone companies, Hongkong Telecom and Wharf Cable may very well be competing,' he said. 'We think it will be very interesting to watch how this competition develops.' He said Asia in general had little existing cable hardware in place, and was in a much better position than the US because it could use the latest technology, starting from scratch. But he said the Hong Kong Government should ensure that telecommunications competitors here adhered to uniform standards as they developed their new services. One of the major problems with the US was that there was now a host of incompatible networks existing side by side. In Omaha, Nebraska, for example, two competing communications companies, US West and Cox Cable, had bulldozers side by side laying different sets of cable. 'It's crazy,' Mr Gorman said. Asia had a much better chance, he said, to build a compatible and uniform telecommunications system.