FTTB/FTTH building registration scheme launched

18 Nov 2010

Hong Kong’s Office of the Telecommunications Authority (OFTA) has launched an initiative to promote the installation of direct fibre (FTTB/FTTH) broadband access networks in residential buildings through the introduction of a voluntary building registration scheme. A statement from an OFTA spokesperson read: ‘As at March 2010, 86% of [Hong Kong’s] households had at least two choices of [fixed] customer access networks, while 70% had at least three choices … To further promote the broadband market, we have introduced the [registration] scheme to facilitate ready access by members of the public to information about the availability of the networks installed in residential buildings. The scheme will also encourage [building managers/owners/developers] to retrofit existing buildings with [direct fibre] … a building which is listed in the register may display prominently inside the building the appropriate label authorised by OFTA (FTTB or FTTH). We intend to extend the scheme to cover commercial buildings and other fixed networks at the next stage. At the launch of the scheme [on 17 November 2010] the register records a total of over 8,000 buildings housing some 1.7 million households, representing about 66% of the total households of Hong Kong. Participating network operators in the scheme are Hong Kong Broadband Network (City Telecom), Hong Kong Cable Television, Hutchison Global Communications, New World Telecommunications and Wharf T&T.’

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