Office of the Telecommunications Authority

Office of the Telecommunications Authority
電 訊 管 理 局
Agency overview
Formed 1 July 1993
Dissolved 1 April 2012
Superseding agency
Headquarters Wan Chai,  Hong Kong
Employees 320
Annual budget HK$320.9 million revenue, HK$92.6 million profit
Agency executives
  • Marion Lai Chan Chi-kuen, Director-General
  • Ha Yung-kuen, Deputy Director-General
Organisation Chart

Office of the Telecommunications Authority or OFTA (Chinese: 電訊管理局) was the executive arm of the Telecommunications Authority in Hong Kong. It was the body responsible for telecommunications regulation (through the Regulatory Affairs Branch), antitrust enforcement (through the Competition Affairs Branch) and allocation of the radio frequency portion of the electromagnetic spectrum (also known as spectrum management, through the Operations Branch). It was also charged with enforcement of laws prohibiting spam (through the Support Branch)[1] and has five formally constituted advisory committees.[2] OFTA declares a commitment to be a "transparent" regulator[3] and operates under legislation entitled the Telecommunications Ordinance, last amended on 6 January 2007.[4] In the fiscal year 2006-07, the Authority earned a pre-tax profit of HK$92.6 million on revenues of HK$320.9 million; 84 percent of the revenues came from licence fees assessed on the firms it regulates.[5]

OFTA, Television and Entertainment Licensing Authority and Hong Kong Broadcasting Authority was merged to form Office of Communications Authority on April 1, 2012.


  1. OFTA Organisation Structure, accessed 2008-08-25.
  2. OFTA Advisory Committees, accessed 2008-08-25.
  3. Office of the Telecommunications Authority website, accessed 2008-08-25.
  4. Chapter 106, Hong Kong Ordinances, Bilingual Laws Information System, 26 June 2008, accessed 2008-08-25.
  5. OFTA Trading Fund Report 2006/07, Financial Results, p. 2, accessed 2008-08-25.

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