US decision a ‘blow’ to HK’s status as telecom hub, says legislator | Light Reading

The US government decision to exclude Hong Kong from a trans-Pacific cable was “severe blow” to the city as a telecom hub, a key industry figure said Thursday.

The Department of Justice announced Wednesday it had approved an application from Google to operate the 13,000km Pacific Light Cable Network (PLCN) cable between Taiwan and the US West Coast.

But Google did not seek permission for the final leg between Hong Kong and Taiwan, even though it is ready for service.

The DOJ said “a direct connection between the US and Hong Kong would pose an unacceptable risk” to national security and law enforcement interests.

Source: US decision a ‘blow’ to HK’s status as telecom hub, says legislator | Light Reading

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