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Telecom Resellers To Be Licensed In Hong Kong

by Mary Swire, for LawAndTax-News.com, Hong Kong

18 September 2006


The Hong Kong Office of the Telecommunications Authority announced on Friday that telecommunications resellers in the SAR will be put under the regulation of a class licensing regime, in order to ensure a level playing field and enhance consumer protection.

Resellers offer a wide range of telecommunications services. In view of the rapid telecommunications market development and the thriving of various means of resale activities, the Authority has decided to regulate the sector.

According to OFTA, when the new regime comes into force in February 2007, resellers will automatically become class licensees without any requirements to obtain individual licence applications or registrations.

Class licensees will be required to provide specified information, including their names and services provided, to help consumers make informed choices.

They will also be bound to follow statutory provisions under the Telecommunications Ordinance. For example, they will be prohibited from engaging in misleading or deceptive activities.

However, licensed operators' agents or contractors who sell or promote telecommunications services for or on behalf of the operators will not fall under the remit of the regulation.


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