The Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA) announced yesterday that the licensing exemptions for PHS radiocommunications apparatus operating in the 1895MHz-1906.1MHz band will be withdrawn in phases from 10 May. ‘PHS is a short and medium-range mobile radiocommunications technology developed in Japan and introduced into Hong Kong in 1997 mainly for use as cordless telephones. However, the deployment of PHS in Hong Kong has not been as successful as anticipated. In fact such products are no longer available for sale in the local market,’ said a spokesperson for OFCA. The watchdog goes on to say that from 10 May onwards no person shall carry PHS apparatus into Hong Kong or sell such apparatus. Current users of PHS apparatus may continue to do so until 9 May 2016.