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FAXING AT HOME TAKES HONG KONG BY STORM

 FAXING AT HOME TAKES HONG KONG BY STORM
 HONG KONG, July 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Doing business at home is the


name of the game in Hong Kong, where a sophisticated home fax network reaches nearly 15 percent of the dwellings. With about 130,000 lines in place, Hong Kong has more fax machines than anywhere except Japan.
 "The initial demand for residential fax services came from businessmen who wanted to receive messages while away from their desks," said David Connolly, director of product management at Honkong Telecom. "Since Hong Kong's economy revolves around international trade, faxing at home means staying in touch with trading partners across time zones...if necessary, 24 hours a day."
 With the introduction of Homefax 2 service, telephone and fax numbers can share a single line. Calls are identified by different ringing patterns, so fax machines can be programmed to intercept incoming fax calls automatically but leave voice calls to ring at the handset.
 This mini-revolution in home communications has been made possible by Hong Kong's advanced telephone network, which will be all-digital by 1993. This allows the territory's public carrier, Hongkong Telecom, to offer a variety of computer-based services that cannot be provided by typical analog networks.
 For instance, fax machines can retrieve information on the weather, flight departures and arrivals, the stock market, and even horse racing. Users can send a single message to any number of destinations without tying up their machines for hours. And they can leave a fax message to be delivered when a busy line becomes free.
 "Though the growth of Homefax has been dramatic even by Hong Kong standards, domestic fax services are just the tip of the iceberg when you look at the massive scale of telecommunications in Hong Kong," explained Connolly. "Most of our infrastructure is dedicated to providing an international communications hub for more than 200 countries that do business in the Pacific rim."
 More than 450 international companies use the territory for hubbing purposes. Despite intense competition, Hong Kong retains its traditional status as the most important telecommunications center in the Asian region. Using digital switching, satellites and international fiberoptic cables, Hong Kong Telecom has more than 1,700 international circuits under lease to provide diverse routing to locations throughout the United Sates and Western Europe.
 With its investment state-of-the-art technology, its unique relationship to China and its tradition of responsive service to international customers, Hong Kong is well placed to remain the primary communications link between East and West in the 21st century.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Interview opportunity available/
 /CONTACT: John H. Williamson of Hammond Farrell, 212-995-5680, for Hongkong Telecom/ CO: Hongkong Telecom ST: IN: TLS SU: PDT


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