Excellent communications have been an essential element in Hong Kong's
development as an international business and financial centre. The city has one of the
most sophisticated telecommunications markets in the world, and its people are kept
well informed by an efficient and vigorous media.
Hong Kong has a fully liberalised and highly competitive telecommunications
market. Since the launch of third generation (3G) mobile services in 2004, the take-up
rate has grown rapidly. By the end of the year, more than 1 331 000 mobile
phone users were enjoying new services such as video calls and interactive real-time
gaming. The Government is considering allocating spectrum for the provision of
services based on broadband wireless access (BWA) technologies to promote the use
of broadband technologies even further.
Hong Kong has a vibrant broadcasting industry offering a wide range of services.
TV viewers can access four domestic channels in Chinese and English provided by two
commercial broadcasters free of charge, and some 240 local and overseas television
channels providing programmes in different languages provided by three licensed
operators on subscription. There are three radio stations, including one run by the
Government called Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK), broadcasting on 13 channels.
Hong Kong is a regional broadcasting hub with 14 licensed satellite television
broadcasters providing about 150 channels for the Asia-Pacific region.
Broadcasters are embracing new technologies. Terrestrial television broadcasters
are preparing for the launch of digital broadcasting in 2007. The Government
continues to review the regulatory regime in the light of technological and market
convergence and new services coming on stream such as mobile television.
Hong Kong is one of the world's major film production centres. It produced
51 films in 2006. The film industry is a flagship of Hong Kong's creative industries.
The Government is committed to promoting its development and has introduced a
host of measures to assist it in strengthening its competitiveness in both the local and