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Hong Kong bids farewell to interconnection regulation

Hong Kong doesn’t regulate the mobile-mobile, fixed-mobile and fixed-fixed broadband interconnection charges. They are solely determined through commercial negotiations between the operators. Now the Communications Authority (CA) of Hong Kong has decided to stop regulating the narrowband interconnection between fixed carriers, which is the only remaining type of carrier-to-carrier local interconnection subject to regulatory guidance on charges.

The regulatory guidance will cease to be effective starting from 16 October 2014 after an 18-month transitional period. Fixed carriers are encouraged to make their best endeavours to conclude commercial agreements on interconnection. In the meantime, the CA will ensure that fixed carriers fully observe any-to-any connectivity requirement, i.e. any customer in any network can have access to any other customer in any interconnecting network, such that services would not be interrupted in case of failure of commercial negotiations between fixed carriers.

TeleGeography reports.

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