EMSD takes over
telecom projects and supporting services from OFTA
streamline the provision of services within the government, EMSD
will, in stages, take over some of the work that has been provided
by the Office of the Telecommunications Authority (OFTA).
All along, OFTA has been providing professional advice, project
consultancy and technical support regarding telecommunications and
radio communications system or services for government bureaus and
departments. Meanwhile, EMSD has also been undertaking similar
work since it commenced operation on a trading fund basis in 1996.
In recent years, OFTA has been increasingly involved in its
regulatory functions, while EMSD has been providing comprehensive
engineering services to its customers through its trading fund
operation (EMSTF). In line with this trend of development, EMSD
and OFTA have jointly reviewed the prevailing arrangement with a
view to keeping their work in better focus and to use resources
has resulted in the decision that OFTA will continue with its
ongoing projects until the end of 2004. Thereafter, EMSD will
continue to provide the same support as and when required. For
projects still pending funding approval, and for projects yet to
commence, EMSD will be responsible for the preparatory works.
The project consultancy fees would remain at the same level
previously quoted by OFTA. EMSD and OFTA will approach their
respective users individually to explain in further detail.
current PABX package plan offered by OFTA expired on 31 March
2004. Thereafter, EMSD has taken over the Services at the same
fees plus the EMSTF standard deflation factor at the time of
EMSD will be charging for the services through EMSTF. During the
transitional period, Services provided by OFTA will continue to
be billed by OFTA. For projects that are to be handed over to
EMSD at the end of 2004, EMSTF and OFTA will sort out with
individual client about subsequent billing arrangements.
However, the number of projects requiring such arrangements is
expected to be minimal.
In case the client department has not previously consulted OFTA,
the department should, with immediate effect, approach EMSD for
advice and support. Alternatively, bureaus and departments may
also choose to use the service of other providers in accordance
with Financial Circular 9/99. For further details of the new
arrangements, please call our Mr Michael Poon at 2808 3298.
The PABX system at the North Point Government