According to the latest figures released by the Office of the Telecommunications Authority (OFTA), out of the total 2.5 million households in Hong Kong, 1.98 million households (79%) and 1.36 million households (55%) have access to at least two or three fixed line access networks, respectively. An OFTA statement read: ‘We are pleased to see the continual investment made by fixed carriers in constructing their networks. The initiative taken by the fixed carriers has enabled consumers to enjoy more choices of telecommunications services…In the run up to end June 2008, when the mandatory Type-II interconnection policy [comparable to LLU] is withdrawn, we will continue to monitor the market situation closely to ensure a smooth transition.’ Type II interconnection is defined by the regulator as interconnection to the network of a fixed carrier at the customer access network (CAN) level, running from local telephone exchanges of the network to customers’ premises. The regulation will be fully withdrawn by end-June 2008, except for buildings meeting ‘essential facilities’ criterion.
According to a joint report published by the FTTH Councils of Asia Pacific, Europe and North America in July, Hong Kong has overtaken South Korea and Japan to become the world leader in the penetration of fibre-to-the-home/fibre-to-the-building/fibre LAN networks, with a household penetration of 21.2%.