Friday, 20 February 2009

Telecom services exposed to number fees - Hong Kong

The Office of the Telecommunications Authority has extended the annual number fee to public radio paging and MVNOs starting June 1. The number fee, which forms a component of the annual license fee, has already been levied on service-based operators and unified carrier licensees. According to the Telecommunications Authority, the decision will bring uniformity amongst various telecom service providers and encourage efficient use of telecom numbers.

Under the ruling, the annual license fee for each number will be decreased from USD 18 to USD 8. Therefore, this is likely to become economical for public radio paging and MVNOs, if they utilise the numbers allocated to them more efficiently. The authority has also provided a mechanism for operators to return inactive numbers.