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Verizon appoints Francis Yip to Lead Asia-Pacific business

Francis has held other leadership positions in Verizon’s Asia Pacific business as well as Dimension Data and Equant (now OBS)

Verizon Enterprise Solutions, the cloud computing and enterprise IT-focused division of American operator Verizon has appointed Francis Yip to group vice president of Verizon Asia Pacific, where he will lead all of the business’ strategic initiatives.

China Unicom invests HK$3bn to build Hong Kong datacentre

China Unicom said Thursday that it will invest HK$3bn to build a Hong Kong datacentre, which will host the company's growing cloud services portfolio

China Unicom announced its intention to build it largest datacentre outside mainland China Thursday, which will host the company’s growing portfolio of cloud-based services. The telco said it plans to invest HK$3bn (£240m) in the new facility.

Interoute opens Hong Kong virtual datacentre

Ericsson will invest SEK7bn in ICT centres

Cloud services provider and international backbone operator Interoute this week opened a Virtual Data Centre (VDC) zone in Hong Kong, supporting enterprises with a presence in Asia.

Telstra sells out of Sensis, CSL

Telstra is selling out of Sensis and CSL

Australian carrier Telstra on Monday announced the sale of its struggling directories business. The sell off comes just weeks after the company offloaded Hong Kong operation CSL.

Four operators clinch 4G spectrum in Hong Kong auction

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Four of Hong Kong’s mobile operators have successfully bid for a total of 50MHz of radio spectrum in the 2.5/2.6GHz band, according to the nation’s telecoms regulator the Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA). The total amount raised from the auction stood at HK$1.54bn ($200m). The spectrum will enable the successful bidders to further develop 4G services in Hong Kong.

Russia escapes broadband crunch as others falter

Russia has bucked the trend

While many markets around the world have seen lower than expected growth over the past three years in terms of broadband adoption, Russia has bucked the trend by posting big growth figures, according to UK research firm Point Topic.

China Mobile launches 4G in Hong Kong


China Mobile has announced that it is launching FDD-LTE services in Hong Kong. It joins CSL, a unit of Australia’s Telstra, which has has already launched 4G services in Hong Kong. China Mobile is also currently conducting tests aimed at launching LTE services in two years in mainland China.

HKBN sell off opens way for content push


There are some deals that you really should see coming a long way off but somehow you miss them and then when the headline lands in your inbox like a right-hook from Mike Tyson back in the 1980′s you feel a little foolish.

Changing the rules of the game

William Yeung, chief executive of Hong Kong Broadband Network (HKBN)

William Yeung, chief executive of Hong Kong Broadband Network (HKBN) is delivering a keynote speech on Day Three of the Broadband World Forum to be held at the CNIT, La Defense, Paris, France on 27-29 September 2011. We recently quizzed him on HKBN’s position on the challenges and opportunities presented by fibre.

The value of LTE

Mark Liversidge, chief marketing office of Hong Kong's CSL

If leadership can be defined by as the ability to make a bold change before others, then Hong Kong’s CSL is a prime example. With just under 25 per cent of its local market it may be second behind Hutchinson in terms of market share, but it nevertheless has a number of significant firsts under its belt. Not least of these is that when its hybrid dual-carrier HSPA+/LTE network was launched in mid-2010 it was not only the first of its kind in its market, but the first such network in the world.

CSL’s fear of the unlimited

CSL's Han Willem Kotterman

As we approach the Broadband World Forum, taking place on the 27-29 September 2011 at the CNIT, La Defense, Paris, France we speak to Han Willem Kotterman, executive vice president of customer service and operations for Hong Kong operator CSL

Can operators really live on access fees alone?


There is little doubt that City Telecom-owned broadband operator Hong Kong Broadband Network (HKBN) is one of the most remarkable operators in Asia Pacific. What the operator has achieved on a modest budget and against some tough competition has been extraordinary.

CSL switches on dual cell HSPA+ tech

Dual cell can boost the quality of experience for users, particularly useful in poor coverage areas, by allocating two carriers for HSPA, effectively doubling the available bandwidth

Hong Kong operator CSL on Thursday launched what it claims is the world’s first commercial network based on the extended acronym LTE/DC-HSPA+. This is a combination 4G LTE network featuring Dual Cell HSPA+ technology. In layman’s terms, CSL can boost the quality of experience for users, particularly useful in poor coverage areas, by allocating two carriers for HSPA, effectively doubling the available bandwidth.

CSL demos Dual Cell LTE/HSPA+ network

CSL is upgrading its entire 3G network to Dual Cell technology with peak speeds of 42Mbps

4G evolution continues to gain traction with Hong Kong operator CSL demonstrating its progress in the deployment of what it claims is the world’s first Dual Cell HSPA+/LTE network.

Straight talking

Tarek Robbiati, head of CSL and Telstra International

Tarek Robbiati is the opinionated and outspoken chief executive of leading Hong Kong operator CSL, and newly appointed head of Telstra International. He joined CSL three years ago, prior to which he served at the operator’s parent company, Telstra, in Australia.

CSL Hong Kong ready to go live with LTE

The Hong Kong skyline, by CSL's offices

Leading Hong Kong operator CSL is well on its way to 4G, with plans to launch LTE commercially before the year is out.

PCCW buyout bid scuppered

PCCW buy out bid scuppered

Investment tycoon Richard Li has given up the ghost on his attempts to stage a $2bn buyout of PCCW, which may or may not mean the end to the ongoing saga involving the leading Hong Kong operator.

Hong Kong shortlists bidders for WiMAX spectrum

OFTA, Hong Kong’s telecom regulator, has announced five qualified bidders for BWA licences at 2.3GHz and 2.5GHz, which are both standardised WiMAX frequency bands. These are China Mobile Hong Kong Company Limited; CSL Limited; Genius Brand Limited; Hong Kong Broadband Network Limited; and SmarTone Wireless Limited. There is strong representation of Hong Kong’s cellular operators [...]

Hong Kong considers fixed mobile number portability

The Hong Kong communications regulator has issued a request for comments over the proposed implementation of Fixed Mobile Number Portability (FMNP). At the moment, fixed line subscribers may port their numbers to another fixed network operator and mobile subscribers may port their numbers to another mobile network operator, but cross platform number portability between fixed [...]

Apple targets mass market with unlocked iPhone

Californian gadget maker Apple has made an unlocked version of the iPhone 3G available, direct from its own stores. Unfortunately, the unlocked unit is only available to consumers in Hong Kong, where the iconic device began selling this week. A 16GB version is retailing for HK$6,200 (Eur545), while the 8GB option is HK$5,400, which is [...]