With effect from 1 April 2012, the functions and responsibilities of the Broadcasting Authority have been merged with those of the Telecommunications Authority to form the Communications Authority (CA), a unified regulatory body for the broadcasting and telecommunications sectors.
The Office of the Communications Authority, an executive arm of the CA, has also been set up by combining the Office of the Telecommunications Authority and the relevant divisions of the Television and Entertainment Licensing Authority.
The new related links to their websites are:
Pursuant to the Communications Authority Ordinance (Cap 616), with effect from 1 April 2012, all duties and powers of the Telecommunications Authority (TA) are conferred on the Communications Authority (CA), and all duties and powers of the Office of the Telecommunications Authority (OFTA) are conferred on the Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA), the executive arm of the CA.
CA is a unified regulatory body overseeing the converging telecommunications and broadcasting sectors.
The Telecommunication Authority in Hong Kong announced last 19 of March the Successful Bidders of the Auction in the 2.3 GHz Band for the Provision of Broadband Wireless Access Services.
The winners and the Frequency Bands assigned to them are as follows:
- 2300 – 2330 MHz frequency band to 21 ViaNet Group Limited
- 2330 – 2360 MHz frequency band to China Mobile Hong Kong Company Limited
- 2360 – 2390 MHz frequency band to Hutchison Telephone Company Limited
The Notice can be read at the following link.
The Office of the Telecommunications Authority (OFTA) published last 11 of November an information memorandum on auction of radio spectrum in the 2.3 GHz band for the provision of broadband wireless access services.
The Memorandum provides details about the policy background, the Licence and the Auction for determination of the Spectrum Utilization Fees applicable to the Frequency Bands. A total of 90 MHz spectrum in the 2.3 GHz will be available for the auction, divided into 3 Frequency Bands, each with a bandwidth of 30 MHz.
The rights of use of the Licence will be valid for a period of 15 years.
OFTA accepts bidding applications on 9 and 10 of January 2012. The auction is planned to be held in February 2012.
The Information Memorandum can be read at the OFTA’s website.
The Communications Authority Ordinance nº 17 of 2011 was gazetted last 7 of July and defines the establishment of the new Communications Authority. Therefore, both Broadcasting Authority and the Telecommunications Authority will be unified and will transfer their functions to the new one.
The Ordinance is not yet in force and for additional information, please refer to the aforementioned Ordinance 17 of 2011 in the Government of the Hong Kong SAR Gazette.
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