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Chairman,
Communications Authority
: With technological advancements and media convergence, Hong Kong’s telecommunications and broadcasting sectors have been evolving continuously. For more effective regulation of these two sectors, the Government established the Communications Authority on 1 April 2012. As the unified regulator for the broadcasting and telecommunications sectors in Hong Kong, the Communications Authority performs a variety of functions.

Superscript : Ms Winnie TAM Wan-chi
Chairman, Communications Authority

Superscript : The Communications Authority was established on 1 April 2012
This year marks the 10th anniversary of its establishment

Superscript : Tender advice to the Government on matters relating to broadcasting and telecommunications
Process licence applications
Grant approval for licences
Formulate and implement regulatory measures
Handle complaints as well as conduct investigation and enforcement of non-compliance cases

Director-General
of Communications
: The Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA) was also established on 1 April 2012 to serve as the executive arm of the Communications Authority. OFCA is responsible for assisting the Communications Authority in performing various functions within its purview.

Superscript : Mr Chaucer LEUNG Chung-yin
Director-General of Communications

Superscript : Office of the Communications Authority
Executive arm of the Communications Authority

Chairman,
Communications Authority
: The Communications Authority adopts a market-based and pro-competition regulatory approach,

Superscript : Major communications hub in the Asia Pacific region

Chairman,
Communications Authority
: and is committed to facilitating the development of Hong Kong’s communications industry and introduction of advanced technologies and diversified services, in order to cater for the needs of consumers while enhancing Hong Kong's position as the communications hub in the Asia Pacific region.

Superscript : Possess highly efficient and world-class broadcasting and telecommunications infrastructure
Digital television broadcasting coverage reaching 99%
About 800 local and overseas television channels
Increase the number of free television stations to provide more choices for viewers
5G coverage reaching over 90%
Mobile subscriber penetration rate reaching over 300%
Higher speed mobile and fixed broadband services

Chairman,
Communications Authority
: A major task of the Communications Authority is to support the Government in implementing its policies on broadcasting and telecommunications, including:

Superscript : Supporting the Government in implementing its policies on broadcasting and telecommunications

Chairman,
Communications Authority
: assisting the Government in granting two domestic free television licences;

Superscript : 2015 – 2016
Granting two domestic free television licences
Enabling viewers to have more programme choices

Chairman,
Communications Authority
: assisting in the amendment of the Broadcasting Ordinance and the Telecommunications Ordinance;

Superscript : Assisting in the amendment of the Broadcasting Ordinance and the Telecommunications Ordinance

Chairman,
Communications Authority
: after the launch of 5G services in April 2020, encouraging various sectors to deploy 5G technology early to foster innovation and smart city applications;

Superscript : “Subsidy Scheme for Encouraging Early Deployment of 5G”

Chairman,
Communications Authority
: launching the “Subsidy Scheme to Extend Fibre-based Networks to Villages in Remote Areas”;

Superscript : “Subsidy Scheme to Extend Fibre-based Networks to Villages in Remote Areas”

Chairman,
Communications Authority
: and implementing the “Real-name Registration Programme for Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) Cards” in order to safeguard the integrity of Hong Kong's telecommunications services and the security of communications network, etc.

Superscript : “Real-name Registration Programme for Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) Cards”

Director-General
of Communications
: The Communications Authority is also responsible for implementing up-to-date regulatory measures to facilitate the continued development of Hong Kong’s communications industry. Examples in the recent years include:

Superscript : Implementing up-to-date regulatory measures

Director-General
of Communications
: coordinating the switching off of analogue television services, which enables Hong Kong to enter an era of full digital television broadcast;

Superscript : Switching off analogue television services on 30 November 2020

Director-General
of Communications
: completing the migration of digital terrestrial television frequency channels to the 500 MHz frequency bands in November 2021 in order to vacate the 600 MHz and 700 MHz frequency bands for high value-added mobile telecommunications services, with a view to realising the digital dividend.

Superscript : November 2021
Completing the migration of digital terrestrial television frequency channels

Director-General
of Communications
: relaxing the restriction on television programmes and advertisements having regard to proposals from the broadcasting sector and market development; and

Superscript : Relaxing the restriction on television programmes and advertisements

Director-General
of Communications
: conducting a mid-term review of the licences of three free television licensees and two sound broadcasting licensees notwithstanding the pandemic.

Superscript : Conducting online public consultation for the mid-term review

Chairman,
Communications Authority
: Looking ahead, the Communications Authority will continue to refine the regulatory arrangements of telecommunications and create new telecommunications licences with reference to international best practices;

Superscript : Continuing refinement of the regulatory arrangements of telecommunications
Creating new telecommunications licences
Making available spectrum
Developing advanced wireless communications services

Chairman,
Communications Authority
: We will make available more spectrum to the market for the development of various advanced wireless communications services.
We will also put in place further measures to facilitate continued expansion of telecommunications infrastructure in Hong Kong, such as facilitating the landing of external communications submarine cables in Hong Kong and opening up venues and facilities for the installation of radio base stations.

Superscript : Enabling continued expansion of telecommunications infrastructure in Hong Kong
Facilitating the landing of external communications submarine cables in Hong Kong
Opening up venues and facilities for the installation of radio base stations

Director-General
of Communications
: Furthermore, through implementing various administrative measures and organising different publicity activities,

Superscript : Protecting communications services users
Competition Ordinance
Fair trading sections of the Trade Descriptions Ordinance

Director-General
of Communications
: we will continue to strengthen the protection for communications services users; enforce the Competition Ordinance in collaboration with the Competition Commission; and
join hands with the Customs and Excise Department to enforce the fair trading sections of the Trade Descriptions Ordinance, such that consumers can enjoy higher quality communications services.

Chairman,
Communications Authority
: The Communications Authority will continue to foster a favourable environment for the development of the communications industry and assist the broadcasting industry to face the challenges from Internet-based media while safeguarding the interests of the audience.

Superscript : Fostering a conducive business environment

Chairman,
Communications Authority
: Besides, we will seek to make available more new spectrum in different frequency bands for the telecommunications industry so as to facilitate the continued development of newer generations of mobile services and other innovative services.

Chairman,
Communications Authority
: The Communications Authority will continue to uphold its professionalism and leverage its regulatory experience, with an aim to maintaining Hong Kong’s leading position as the major communications hub in the Asia Pacific region. We will also work hand in hand with the communications sector to create a better prospect in the decade ahead.