Hong Kong as Asia’s Wireless Development Centre

In November 2002 a proposal from the TIF conference was for the establishment of a Wireless Development Centre. In December 2003 the HKWDC opened at Cyberport with Stephen Lai appointed as Centre Director. Support for the proposal from the Commerce, Industry and Technology Bureau (CITB) and the Wireless Technology Industry Association (WTIA), together with finding from the Information Technology Fund, brought the idea to fruition. TIF March 2004 is the first to be co-organized with the HKWDC and is not just a celebration of the HKWDC’s beginnings of operation, but a considered look at the future steps and priorities for realizing Hong Kong’s potential as a wireless development centre for content and applications for the region and even globally.


Session One:

Session Chair: Duncan Lau, Chairman of WTIA


  • Ted Matsumoto, President of Qualcomm, Japan
  • Bruce Hicks, Group Managing Director, Sunday
  • Stephen Lai, Centre Director of the HKWDC


Session Two:

Session Chair: Dr Lawrence Cheung of the Productivity Council


  • Mike Robey, COO, HKCSL
  • Helena Lee, Director of Services Planning, Hutchison Telecom HK Ltd


Panel Discussion:


  • Hordern Wiltshire, CEO M-Net (Adelaide)
  • Duane Sniezek, Director Network for Emerging Wreless Technologies
    (NEWT, Calgary)
  • Raymond Southam, CFO Cambridge Positioning Systems, represents the

    Cambridge 3G

  • Kin Ko is CEO of InfoIsLive (iiL Corp)
  • Arthur Chang, CEO, Green Tomato


Session Three:

Session Chair: John Ure, Director of the Telecommunications Research Project, University of Hong Kong,


  • M.H.Au, Director-General of OFTA
  • Alan Wong, Director of Information Technology Services


Session Four:

Session Chair: Francis Fong, Council Member and Director, Hong Kong Information Technology Federation

Panel Discussants:

  • Ms Patti Yang, Secretary General of the Value Added Services Committee, China Association of Communication Enterprises
  • Stephen Lai (HKWDC, Janet Pearce Stenzil (Mobile Media Institute,Los Angeles, USA)
  • Duane Sniezek, (NEWT, Canada)
  • Horden Wiltshire (M-Net,Australia)
  • Raymond Southam (Cambridge 3G)
  • Henry Wong (Sunday Communications)



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