HK has most economical local broadband access services in Asia Pacific

11:53, June 27, 2010      

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A study report released by the Asia Pacific Carriers' Coalition (APCC) showed Hong Kong provides the most economical local broadband access services in the Asia Pacific region, according to the Information Service Department of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR)'s government Sunday.

Hong Kong's Office of the Telecommunications Authority (OFTA) welcomed the findings of the APCC study, stating that it affirms Hong Kong's position as the premier telecommunications hub in the region.

According to the study findings, the prices of broadband leased lines in Hong Kong at transmission speeds of 1.5 Mbps, 2 Mbps, 45 Mbps and 155 Mbps are the lowest among the 14 economies covered in the study, said a spokesman for the OFTA.

In terms of Ethernet access facilities, Hong Kong's prices are the lowest at transmission speeds of 10 Mbps and 1 Gbps. The price for a symmetric digital subscriber line (DSL) in Hong Kong is likewise the most competitive. The study also shows that the prices of the various categories of local leased lines in Hong Kong fell on average by 30 percent to 50 percent between 2006 and 2009.

The spokesman added that an excellent telecommunications infrastructure with cost-effective international telecommunications connections and associated local access facilities underpin the premier position of Hong Kong as a regional financial and trading hub and as the preferred city for regional headquarters of multinational corporations.

While there are 12 local wireline-based fixed carriers in Hong Kong providing local access services, 29 cable-based external carriers are also operating here, said the spokesman.

These external carriers may make use of the local access services provided by the local fixed carriers, or they may choose to build their own backhaul facilities after acquiring the appropriate telecommunications licence from this office.

The APCC commissioned the consultant TRPC to conduct the local access price benchmarking study for the Asia Pacific region in 2009. The study compares the prices of local leased lines, Ethernet access facilities and DSL in 14 economies: Australia, the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

Source: Xinhua


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