The Hong Kong regulator, OFTA (the Office of the Telecommunications Authority) has just released the results from a study which compares the prices of telecoms services in Hong Kong with 6 cities around the world; Copenhagen, London, New York, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo. The study, which was conducted by the Teligen division of Strategy Analytics, looks at combinations of services used by a number of typical households and businesses - namely fixed and mobile voice services, fixed and mobile broadband services, leased lines and pay-TV - and compares the cost of these 'service bundles' across different cities. The profiles used in the analysis were chosen to be as representative as possible, covering both low and high usage.
Across the range of baskets, Hong Kong was found to compare very favourably with the other six cities under study. Both residential and business users generally pay the lowest telecoms charges in the study. In particular, prices for fixed and mobile voice services are very competitive - often a fraction of those paid by users in the other cities in the comparison.
The full study results, along with detailed information on the methodology used, are available for download on OFTA's website.