Competition decisions of the HK Telecoms Broadcasting Authorities

22 July 2004

Edward Alder

The 'Competition Provisions', were introduced into the Telecommunications Ordinance (the TO) in 2000. The same year similar provisions were enacted in a new Broadcasting Ordinance (the BO). At the same time, the Telecommunications (Competition Provisions) Appeal Board (the Board) was created as a new avenue for licensees, industry players and consumers to appeal competition related decisions of the TA. This month a new Competition Provision relating to M&A took effect.

The Competition Provisions are designed to enable the Telecommunications Authority (the TA) and Broadcasting Authority (the BA) to enforce and secure fair competition in the telecoms and broadcasting industries.

Communications and broadcasting remain the only industries in Hong Kong subject to competition law. Three years on, a Hong Kong specific body of rulings and guidelines on competition law and practice is emerging.

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