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Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance


Hong Kong collusion investigation closed on 'administrative' grounds

22 November 2011

On 18 November 2011, Hong Kong's Office of the Telecommunications Authority (OFTA) issued a decision, concluding that it would not investigate suspected collusion in the mobile telecoms sector1. The decision comes at a time when regulators in other jurisdictions are increasing their focus on enforcement against cartels and raises important issues as to OFTA's current enforcement policy and priorities under Hong Kong's sector specific telecoms competition rules. The decision also has implications for the current debate taking place in the Legislative Council (Legco), where a Bills Committee has been established to consider the Government's proposal to enact a general competition law.

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