HGC Global Communications partners with WeChat

19 March 2018 | James Pearce

HGC Global Communications has become one of the first fixed-line operators to partner with WeChat to launch its pay services in Hong Kong.

kwok 100The WeChat Pay HK service will allow customers to purchase the "hgc on air" Wi-Fi Pass using the mobile app, WeChat Pay HK.

HGC said the service will allow it to meet an increasing demand for wifi services by making it easier for smartphone users to purchase an "hgc on air" pass in an encrypted-payment environment through the newly added WeChat Pay Wallet’s value-added service called "Telecom payment".

The payment service will be made available to Hong Kong’s population of WeChat users in phases. It will eventually enable HGC broadband customers to pay for services such as their home broadband bills using a mobile device and WeChat Pay HK.

HGC is Hong Kong’s largest outdoor Wi-Fi service provider2, running over 29,000 Wi-Fi hotspots in Hong Kong, including large shopping malls, chain coffee shops, fast food stores, popular restaurants, entertainment facilities, commercial buildings and private estates. The fibre backbones deliver 1,000Mbps#, so to provide a better and more stable wireless internet experience to users.

HGC CEO Andrew Kwok said: "HGC has always attached importance to innovating information technologies and stayed close to the market trends. Electronic payment has been a rising trend among Hong Kong people, HGC is committed to equipping customers with a variety of handy payment methods to suit their everyday needs. 

"With this in mind, WeChat Pay’s 'Telecom Payment’ offers a quick, convenient, efficient and secure mobile payment service for Hong Kong people. In future, fixed network plays an important role in digitalisation and globalization era, we will continue to actively provide a variety of data and value-added services to our customers, exploring a diversity of lifestyle-enhancing payment methods."

The fixed-line and international telecoms operation was sold by CK Hutchison last year and rebranded. What was Hutchison Global Communications until it was bought by I Squared Capital for $1.9 billion is now HGC Global Communications, the company announced in Hong Kong this morning.

Topics: HGC Global Communications, WeChat, mobile payments, Hong Kong, HGC, Andrew Kwok