Technological barriers segregating fixed and mobile telecommunications services are fast disappearing. Emerging technologies such as Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) will soon enable users to enjoy high-speed voice/data connectivity using a single handset anyplace anytime.
On 6 January 2006, following an extensive public consultation process spanning over fifteen months, the Telecommunications Authority (TA) finalised the regulatory regime for VoIP services and created a new Services-Based Operator (SBO) Licence.
On 27 April 2005, the Hong Kong Government announced that it had brought criminal charges against a Hong Kong man for illegally sharing three files containing Hollywood movies on the Internet using BitTorrent technology. The man was arrested in January 2005 and subsequently released until the criminal charges were formally laid in April 2005.
A recent decision of the District Court of Hong Kong which interpreted a warranty clause relating to spam very narrowly has once again highlighted the fact that wide warranties in service contracts may not prove to be that useful.