H.K. preps '09 auction for mobile TV frequency


HONG KONG -- The push toward mobile TV services in Hong Kong is gaining momentum, with the Hong Kong Telecommunications Authority preparing to auction the relevant frequency spectrum in early 2009, a spokesman for the Hong Kong Commerce and Economic Development Bureau said Tuesday.

The CEDB spokesperson added that an auction was widely accepted as a fair and effective means of allocating spectrum, following what has been done in the U.S. and U.K. for mobile TV.

Legislation for mobile TV will be announced later this year, with the government still undecided whether to censor and regulate content through the existing broadcasting ordinance or to let the industry establish a code of practice for self-regulation.