Hong Kong-based broadband operator Hutchison Global Communications (HGC) has announced that its fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) network now covers 8,000 buildings in the Special Administrative Region (SAR), split approximately equally between residential and commercial buildings. As reported by Telecompaper, Byron Chiang Yung-hon, HGC’s network operations director, told the South China Morning Post that the fibre network also supports most of Hong Kong’s mobile network operators. HGC is wholly owned by Hutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong Holdings (HTHKH), which is majority-owned by conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa. In July 2010 HGC’s residential fibre broadband and fixed telephony services were brought under Hutchison’s ‘3’ umbrella as part of a plan to achieve greater integration between fixed and mobile units, whilst corporate services remained under the HGC branding. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database says that HGC’s FTTB and fibre-to-the-home (FTTH, including commercial premises) network passed over 1.4 million households in Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories at 31 December 2010, up from around 1.3 million in December 2007. The latest expansion is set to continue, as according to today’s report HTHKH’s fixed network CAPEX will reach roughly HKD600 million (USD77 million) this year, out of a total of HKD1.1 billion CAPEX for mobile and fixed development.