IP Telephony and Voice over Broadband

Over 150 participants turned up for this TIF, sponsored by Cisco Systems, PCCW

Limited (PCCW) and Hong Kong Broadband Network (HKBN)—the largest turnout so
far for any of these forums. Was this due to the threat of legal action by PCCW who argue
that either HKBN’s new VoBB service should not be regarded as a licensed FTNS (Fixed
Telecom Network Service) offering and HKBN should not be granted full FTNS rights,
for example to numbering, or if it is treated as a full FTNS service then HKBN should be
required to carry obligations to provide emergency call services, pay interconnection
charges, provide a power supply, etc. Or was the large turnout due to a wider recognition
that VoBB, and VoIP generically, will change the character of telecommunications
altogether? Each of the FTNS operators, including Wharf T&T/iCable, NWT (New World
Telecom) and HGC (Hutchison Global Communications), have either introduced VoBB or
are about to do so, but so far only HKBN marketed the service.

 

Session One:

Session Chair: York Mok, Chair of the HK ISPA

Presenters:

  • Grant Lusty, Director of Voice Technology, Cisco Systems Asia Pacific
  • P.L.Wong, Chief Police Communications Officer, Hong Kong Police and Dr
  • C.K.Law, Chairman, Senior Citizen Home Safety Association
  • K.S.Wong, Assistant Director, OFTA

Session Two:

Session Chair: Dr John Ure, Director of the TRP

Presenters:

  • Andrew Lih, Associate Professor, Journalism and Media Studies, University of Hong
    Kong
  • Stuart Chiron, Director of Regulatory Affairs, PCCW
  • Ricky Wong, Chairman Hong Kong Broadband Network

 

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