It's got everything to do with density. With the tightest living conditions in the world, where up to 40,000 people live in one apartment complex, it has been incredibly efficient to roll out networks. With a very small geographic area - Hong Kong's land mass isn't even 1 per cent of New Zealand's - fixed operators effectively get more bang for their buck.
Opening up Telecom's network to competitors through simple local loop unbundling, as numerous industry analysts here are urging, may not be the long-term answer to the country's woeful broadband uptake.
Instead, Hill suggests an unbundling scheme where Telecom's competitors must also guarantee infrastructure investment.
"If you unbundle in favour of people who are actually going to build infrastructure, that might be something.
"But if you're just going to invite other resellers into the market, you're not achieving very much," he says.
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At the moment the main choice we have is to do with price and data allowance. I would certainly hope ISPs can offer more differentiation than that (eg services).