New World Telephone (NWT) has again hit out at Pacific Century CyberWorks, accusing Hong Kong's dominant telecommunications operator of abusing last-mile access. The smallest network carrier in terms of fixed-line operations said CyberWorks hurt, rather than helped, deregulation of the telecoms market, the opposite of CyberWorks' claims last week. '[CyberWorks] are advocating 'pseudo deregulation',' NWT marketing manager Paul Ho said. 'They are masking an intention to delay opening as much as they can.' To protect market share, Mr Ho said CyberWorks had imposed an expensive pricing scheme on last-mile access to the fixed-line and broadband markets. CyberWorks had imposed a monthly broadband interconnection charge of HK$198 last month for fixed-line operators, he said, while charging other Internet service providers HK$180 for a more comprehensive service. Mr Ho said NWT had paid HK$115 per line to CyberWorks, including HK$42 for last-mile local access links, and HK$73 for four other bandwidth, interconnection and co-location services. At that cost, NWT was subsidising its subscribers by at least HK$27 per line, let alone other administration costs, to undercut CyberWorks' residential rate of HK$110. '[CyberWorks] are making more profit by wholesaling, rather than retailing,' Mr Ho said. 'How can new operators compete?' A CyberWorks spokesman said the claim it had charged NWT HK$115 was misleading. 'At HK$42 [for last-mile local access], the price is below-cost to PCCW, therefore, we are subsidising NWT and the other two networks [Wharf New T&T and Hutchison Global Crossing]. This price is a fourth to half of [that charged by] major telecoms companies around the world,' the spokesman said. Mr Ho said NWT aimed to operate 110,000 lines by the end of June next year, mainly by rolling out its own network. Even then, NWT would rely more on CyberWorks than its own network. NWT, along with Wharf New T&T, has accused CyberWorks of capacity restraints and delaying the transfer of lines.