Hutchison Telecommunications International Ltd. Announced Thursday it has sealed a deal with Apple Inc. to offer the popular iPhone in Hong Kong and Macau later this year.
Terms of the deal were not released. The company's did not specify whether Hutchison Telecom would launch 2G or 3G model.
Existing subscribers of Hutchison Telecom, a unit of conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa, are expected to be the first users of the iPhone in an early program starting this summer, the South China Morning Post said.
Due to the confidential agreement with Apple, we can't say too much beyond the formal announcement, a Hutchison Telecom spokesman said, according to the Post.
Hutchison operates second-generation mobile-phone services in Hong Kong, Thailand, Israel, Macau, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Vietnam. The telecom company also operates third-generation services in Hong Kong, Macau and Israel. It also offers fixed-lines in Hong Kong and Israel.
China Mobile, the world's largest mobile phone operator, said earlier this year that it had pulled out of talks with Apple to launch the iPhone in China.
The announcement comes as Apple moves to expand sales of the popular which was first launched in the U.S. last year.