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LC: Resolution on amendments to the Telecommunications Regulations

Following is the speech by the Secretary for Commerce, Industry and Technology, Mr John Tsang, in moving the resolution on amendments to the Telecommunications (Method for Determining Spectrum Utilisation Fees) (Third Generation Mobile Services) (Amendment) Regulation 2004 (L.N. 209 of 2004) and the Telecommunications (Level of Spectrum Utilisation Fees) (Second Generation Mobile Services) Regulation (L.N. 210 of 2004) in the Legislative Council today (February 2):

Madam President,

I move that the Telecommunications (Method for Determining Spectrum Utilisation Fees) (Third Generation Mobile Services) (Amendment) Regulation 2004 (L.N. 209 of 2004) and the Telecommunications (Level of Spectrum Utilisation Fees) (Second Generation Mobile Services) Regulation (L.N. 210 of 2004), which were laid on the table of this Council on December 15, 2004, be amended as set out in the proposed Resolution circulated to Members.

The proposed amendments aim to update the Chinese text of section 10 of the Telecommunications (Method for Determining Spectrum Utilisation Fees) (Third Generation Mobile Services) Regulation (Cap. 106X), and to clarify beyond doubt that the Telecommunications (Level of Spectrum Utilisation Fees) (Second Generation Mobile Services) Regulation would apply to mobile carrier licences granted after the commencement of this Regulation.

The Subcommittee has expressed support for these amendments. Madam President, I beg to move.

Wednesday, February 2, 2005