“Meanwhile, we anticipate more synergies will be unlocked as we press on with the integration of CSL, as the enlarged mobile business marches into its second year of operation as Hong Kong’s leading mobile operator,” he said.

Arena said that, despite uncertainties in some advanced economies, HKT expected to continue to benefit from the growth in demand for international connectivity services, especially in emerging markets.

“Having grown at a modest pace this year, the Hong Kong economy looks set to face further uncertainties given the generally weak macro-conditions within the major global economies. Management will retain a cautious approach in our operations, but we are confident that our innovation and market-leading services will continue to give us a competitive advantage even in a challenging environment,” he said.