OFTA to open convergence study

26 Jan 2005

Hong Kong’s telecoms regulator, OFTA, has revealed that it is considering providing operators with single licences which cover both fixed and mobile services. In his review of 2004, OFTA’s director general, M.H. Au, says that the continuing convergence between the two services means that there may come a time when the practice of issuing separate wireline and wireless concessions becomes unworkable. Au said a review of the licensing system will begin this year, and will take into account factors such as numbering and interconnection charges. He added that he expects the consultation process “to raise a lot of controversies” as operators seek to protect their own interests while the regulator is working on behalf of consumers.