• Hong Kong Telecommunications
  • Cable & Wireless HKT
Company typePublic
  • Hongkong Telephone Company
  • Cable & Wireless (Hong Kong)
1925(as Hongkong Telephone)
1987(as Hong Kong Telecom)
HeadquartersHong Kong
Key people
Richard Li
RevenueDecrease HK$33.258 billion (2017)
Increase HK$05.097 billion (2017)
Total assetsIncrease HK$95.365 billion (2017)
Total equitySteady HK$39.019 billion (2017)
OwnerPCCW (51.97%)
Number of employees
Decrease over 17,600 (2017)
Footnotes / references
in consolidated financial statement[1]

HKT Limited (Chinese: 香港電訊有限公司) and HKT Trust (Chinese: 香港電訊信託) is a pair of listed corporations of Hong Kong, which the two corporations were bundled as one single stapled security. HKT, via its subsidiaries, is one of the largest telecommunications company of Hong Kong. It was commonly known as Hong Kong Telecom (Chinese: 香港電訊) and had a dominant position in fixed-line, mobile, IDD and broadband services in Hong Kong. HKT Group is a subsidiary of PCCW since 2000.

Corporate identities

The former holding company of the group was Cable & Wireless HKT Limited (Chinese: 香港電訊有限公司; former ticker symbol: 8), it was a subsidiary of Cable & Wireless plc. It was taken over and privatized by PCCW in 2000.[2] PCCW also started to use the ticker symbol "8" after the takeover. Cable & Wireless HKT Limited was formerly known as Hong Kong Telecommunications Limited (Chinese: 香港電訊有限公司), which was incorporated in 1987;[3] it was renamed to Cable & Wireless HKT Limited in 1999,[3] but renamed again to PCCW-HKT Limited in 2000;[3] PCCW-HKT still use the same registered Chinese name (香港電訊有限公司) until 2011, which in the same year the Chinese name became the registered Chinese name of HKT Limited instead.[3]

PCCW-HKT had a major subsidiary PCCW-HKT Telephone Limited (Chinese: 香港電話有限公司),[4] which was incorporated in 1925 under the name Hongkong Telephone Company, Limited;[3] it was briefly known as Cable & Wireless HKT Telephone Limited (Chinese: 香港電話有限公司) from 1999 to 2000.[3] As of 31 December 2016, PCCW-HKT[5]: 70  as well as PCCW-HKT Telephone were still live, wholly owned subsidiaries of PCCW.[5]: 67  However, the telephone services is now provided by HKT's wholly owned subsidiary Hong Kong Telecommunications (HKT) Limited instead,[5] after a group restructure in 2008.[6]

In October 2011, PCCW shareholders approve a partial spin-off of the assets as HKT on the Hong Kong stock exchange (but excluding the two legal persons PCCW-HKT and PCCW-HKT Telephone, as well as the stake in Reach). HKT is successfully listed on 29 November 2011, as HKT Limited and HKT Trust.[7][8] HKT Limited was incorporated in the Cayman Islands, while its direct parent entity, HKT Trust, was set up in Hong Kong under the laws of Hong Kong.[5]


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Domestic telecommunications facilities in Hong Kong became more advanced in 1925 when the Hong Kong Telephone Company Limited (HKTC) took over the interests of John Pender's China and Japan Telephone and Electric Company. The company's mandate included providing all the British colonies with local telephone services. Over the next six decades Hong Kong Telephone's line capacity grew to more than 2.5 million, with the company serving approximately six million people.[9]

Telecommunications became increasingly important following World War I, and in 1929 the British companies Marconi Wireless and Eastern Telegraph joined to establish Cable and Wireless (C&W). The company's strategy was to supply telephone and telegraph services in Britain's colonies, and it succeeded in securing an exclusive franchise to provide international communications services in Hong Kong.[9]

By 1972 the company's biggest operation was its subsidiary in rapidly growing Hong Kong. Hong Kong Telephone, meanwhile, built a new headquarters in 1972. The company's growth was said to typify the colony's transition from an economy based on manufacturing to one dependent on service industries, which created a demand for telecommunications services. In 1975 Hong Kong Telephone's franchise for domestic service in the colony was extended for an additional 20 years, to expire just ahead of Hong Kong's reversion to China's control in 1997.[9]


Hong Kong Telephone Company

Cable and Wireless (Hong Kong)

The Eastern Telegraph Company network in 1901, on the right was the Asia-Pacific network of the company

Hong Kong Telecommunications

HKT Limited

Subsidiaries and services

Brands and services

Emergency telephone along a mountain trail
HKT Shop in Sha Tin, Hong Kong

HKT (Hong Kong Telecom)

Main article: Hong Kong Telecom

HKT Group Holdings Limited (HKT) was formed in 2008 to hold the telecommunications services, media and IT businesses of the PCCW Group in a reorganization designed to improve the Group's operational efficiencies. PCCW-HKT was the first quadruple play provider in Hong Kong, and offers media content and services for fixed-line, broadband Internet, TV and mobile. The group sells to local and international business customers, as technical services and project outsourcing to network operators and public and private sector organization.[27][28][29][non-primary source needed]

PCCW Engineering

PCCW announced the formation of wholly owned subsidiary CASCADE Limited in January 2003, and transferred almost a quarter of its workforce to Cascade. Cascade employed more than 3,000 staff as of June 2003. Cascade provides PCCW's telecommunications network operations with support and maintenance services. It provides also network infrastructure design, build-out and maintenance services, consulting solutions, customer installation and maintenance services, project management, operating systems development and maintenance and technical support to clients other than PCCW. Started from December 2008, Cascade became a Subsidiary of PCCW-HKT Limited, which PCCW-HKT is still 100% owned by PCCW. The name of Cascade is removed from now on, become a part of HKT and named as "Engineering", a business unit of PCCW-HKT, simply like Commercial group of PCCW. All staff in Cascade had transferred to PCCW-HKT without changing.[30][31][32]


Main article: Netvigator

Netvigator is a residential and commercial Internet service provider in Hong Kong, a HKT subsidiary. It is Hong Kong's largest Internet service provider (ISP).[33][34]

csl, 1O1O, Club SIM

Main article: CSL Mobile

CSL Mobile is a HKT subsidiary, which operates mobile network brands of "csl", "1O1O" and "Club SIM" in Hong Kong.[35]

SUN Mobile

Main article: Sun Mobile

SUN Mobile is a joint venture of HKT and Telecom Digital [zh]

PCCW Global

Main article: PCCW Global

PCCW Global (formerly Beyond The Network America[36]) is the international operating division of HKT, Hong Kong's premier telecommunications service provider, which is majority-owned by HKT Limited.[37]

YouTube incident

On 24 February 2008, Pakistan Telecom caused a major interruption of access to the video-sharing website YouTube.[38][39][40][41] Pakistani Government authorities directed Pakistan Telecom (PTCL) to "block" the YouTube site, to prevent access within Pakistan. PTCL engineers accidentally leaked a "black hole"[tone] announcement to PCCW. PCCW had recently provided temporary access to PTCL in order to restore the nation's loss of internet access due to a previous major submarine cable break event. PTCL began leaking the "black hole" BGP announcement to PCCW prior to PCCW's completion of the BGP validation and filtering policies process on the newly activated link. This allowed the announcement to propagate to other networks.[42]

Once detected, PCCW immediately blocked the leaked announcement from PTCL and access was restored to YouTube within 2 hours. [43][44]

HKT Teleservice

HKT Teleservices, a subsidiary of HKT, operates a contact centre outsourcing business along with an operation in the U.S. It handles inbound and outbound calls, emails and other transactions for customers.[45][46]

Former service


In 2018, it was exposed that HKT breached the land leases for 4 of their telephone exchange buildings. They were illegally converted to [customers] service centers.[55]


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