Swire Properties is to set up its own fibre-optic telecommunications system for 11 commercial buildings in Quarry Bay. The move will allow Swire's Taikoo Place and Cityplaza tenants to bypass fixed-line telecoms operators within the area. The buildings would have direct links to two international gateways through Taikoo Place tenants Cable & Wireless HKT and Level 3 Communications, said Swire. Swire secured a public non-exclusive telecoms services (PNets) licence last week, the first granted to a commercial development. Keith Kerr, Swire Properties' managing director, said the network would give tenants direct and unlimited access to global information. There will be 30 satellite dishes available for trans-global satellite communication. More international gateways might be added later, he said. Mr Kerr said the Taikoo Place and Cityplaza buildings, which he dubbed 'Island East Matrix', had become Hong Kong's largest inter-connected 'commercial campus'. The area includes eight grade-A office buildings and three industrial buildings, housing 300 companies in about six million square feet. Swire Properties telecoms manager Dora Leung said it was difficult to create a campus linked by a PNets licence. Swire could do this because its 11 buildings were separated only by private streets. Fixed-telecommunication network services operators would have been involved if the buildings were separated by public streets, she said. Director and general manager Stephan Spurr said Swire planned to set up a 20,000 to 40,000 sq ft centre for technology start-ups in Island East.