Hongkong Telecom says its delayed video-on-demand (VOD) service will be fully operational by July next year. Hongkong Telecom IMS managing director William Lo said a list of VOD movie partners would be announced in November. He said the VOD project, which will compete with Cable TV's pay-per-view service, was progressing well. In February, Hongkong Telecom IMS postponed the launch of its service from July this year to a year later. Mr Lo said Hongkong Telecom IMS would invest $3 billion on Internet services over the next three years. He expected it to break even by the end of the third year and the number of users to grow from 30,000 to 40,000 by December. Ticketing services were to be introduced in October this year and a job market database via the Internet would be introduced in November, he said. Hongkong Telecom IMS has teamed up with Manhattan Card and Acer Computer to provide a computer package with pre-loaded multimedia software and Internet services. Stephen Chu, managing director of Manhattan Card, which is financing the project, said the three companies had invested an eight-digit sum and expected to attract at least 10,000 customers.