Virtually redundant: Hong Kong’s first MVNO out of business

3 Sep 2009

Hong Kong’s oldest mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) Trident Telecom has returned its operating licence. The Office of the Telecommunications Authority (OFTA) announced that it will make a special arrangement to enable continuation of porting of Trident’s numbers to other mobile operators for three months, although the regulator said that it had less than 20,000 active pre-paid SIM users at the time of its services being suspended in December 2008 due to a contractual dispute with its network host. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, Trident was the first MVNO to be licensed in Hong Kong in 2001, and offered services over the network of PCCW Mobile (formerly Sunday Communications), whilst there remains seven virtual cellcos in the market, serving 777,000 users as of the end of May 2009, down from 835,000 at the beginning of January.