Hong Kong telco City Telecom’s broadband unit Hong Kong Broadband Network (HKBN) has announced the commercial launch of residential fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) internet access services, adding to its existing portfolio of fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) services. In a press release, it claims that the ‘FiberHome’ service is the first of its kind in the Special Administrative Region. HKBN is charging consumers USD48.50 per month for a 100Mbps fibre connection (FiberHome100), USD88.20 for a 200Mbps service (FiberHome200) and USD215.40 for its FiberHome1000 package, which gives users a maximum data transfer speed of 1Gbps. HKBN is ceasing to accept new applications for its entry-level bb10 service, which provides symmetrical speeds of up to 10Mbps, and its bb25 (25Mbps symmetrical) service is now the slowest package offered to new subscribers. HKBM introduced its first 1Gbps fibre access service, bb1000, in 2004. Chairman of HKBN, Ricky Wong, said in the press release: ‘High speed broadband service (FTTH) is a foreseeable inevitability that we had prepared for three years ago. Holding onto to the belief that a service provider should deliver the best and most up-to-date services available to the public, we are pleased to be able to launch the massively-deployed FTTH version of 100Mbps, 200Mbps and 1000Mbps in Hong Kong, which also contribute to further enhance Hong Kong’s role as Asia’s telecommunications hub.’
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