Office of the Communications Authority
Trading Fund Report 2019/20


OFCA puts a strong emphasis on engaging the community and maintains close ties with international organisations through regular exchange of views and experience on industry development and regulatory matters.

Participation in International and Regional Conferences

OFCA actively participates in the activities of, and maintains close contact with, a number of international and regional organisations, either as part of the Chinese delegation or as an individual member of those relevant organisations.

In 2019/20, OFCA attended a total of 10 conferences and meetings hosted by international and regional organisations, including the ITU, Asia Pacific Telecommunity (APT), International Institute of Communications (IIC) and Unsolicited Communications Enforcement Network. The more notable events of the year included the ITU World Radiocommunication Conference, the IIC International Regulators Forum and the APT Asia-Pacific ICT Ministerial Meeting. OFCA will continue to participate in the activities of the international and regional organisations with the aim of exchanging views on the international best practice in regulating the communications sector for the next generation, as well as promoting Hong Kong’s achievement as the pre-eminent hub for telecommunications and information infrastructures in the Asia-Pacific region. 

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OFCA regularly attended international meetings for exchanging views and experience on regulatory matters with its counterparts.

Exchanges with the Mainland and Overseas Authorities

OFCA regularly exchanges views and experience on regulatory matters with its counterparts.

In 2019/20, OFCA received four delegations from the Mainland and overseas, and exchanged views and experiences with them on various issues relating to communications services. They included a delegation from the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications, a delegation from the Department of Industry and Information Technology of Hainan Province, a delegation from the Development Research Centre of the State Council and the Director-General of the National Broadcasting of the Republic of North Macedonia.

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OFCA met with the Director-General of the National Broadcasting of the Republic of North Macedonia.

During the year, OFCA attended meetings in Beijing with the Bureau of Radio Regulation of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and the National Radio and Television Administration. OFCA also had annual bilateral meetings in Guangdong and Macao with the Guangdong Communications Administration and the Macao Post and Telecommunications Bureau respectively.

Media and Community Relations

OFCA proactively keeps the public and the media informed of its work. In 2019/20, OFCA issued 24 press releases on the CA's major decisions in relation to broadcasting and telecommunications regulatory issues and OFCA's major initiatives, operations and events. Speeches and presentations made by the Director-General of Communications at public events and industry conferences were also published on our website. These measures help disseminate our messages to both the industry and the public, and enable them to gain a better understanding of our work.

Public Education and Communications

In 2019/20, OFCA gave seven talks on broadcasting services in Hong Kong to local students of six primary schools and one special school, and two talks to the participants of the Community Involvement Broadcasting Service (CIBS). Primary and secondary students were introduced to the different categories of television programme services in Hong Kong and how audiences could make informed viewing choices. The participants of CIBS were briefed on the programme standards of sound broadcasting services.

Participation in Communications Activities

OFCA continued to participate in the annual “Science in the Public Service” Lecture Series jointly organised by the Hong Kong Observatory and over 50 government bureaux and departments and public bodies. To introduce how 5G services would change our lives and the preparatory work done by the CA to facilitate the development of 5G services in Hong Kong, OFCA delivered a talk titled “Facilitating the Development of 5G Mobile Services in Hong Kong” on 21 July 2019 at the Hong Kong Science Museum.

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OFCA gave a talk on “Facilitating the Development of 5G Mobile Services in Hong Kong” at the “Science in the Public Service” Lecture Series.

The Work of Advisory Committees

Three advisory committees under OFCA have been established to provide a regular and formal channel for various parties to advise OFCA on telecommunications regulatory measures and policies.

Telecommunications Advisory Committees

Three advisory committees, namely the Telecommunications Regulatory Affairs Advisory Committee, the Radio Spectrum and Technical Standards Advisory Committee, and the Telecommunications Users and Consumers Advisory Committee, were established under OFCA in June 2012. These committees provide a regular and formal channel for the industry, telecommunications service users and interested parties to advise OFCA on the formulation and implementation of various telecommunications regulatory measures and policies.

Members of the advisory committees are drawn from different sectors of the telecommunications industry, relevant government departments and non-governmental organisations as well as the general public. This helps provide a balanced representation of views on issues that are at times highly technical and complex. The term of appointment is two years.

The membership lists of the three advisory committees as of 31 March 2020 can be found in Appendix B.

Television and Radio Consultative Scheme

The role of the Television and Radio Consultative Scheme is to provide qualitative input on television and radio programming to the CA's public consultation process. Members are drawn from all 18 districts of the territory.