New T&T is looking at ways to enter the local mobile telephone market, this time by bidding for the third generation (3G) licence to be issued at the end of this year. Tony Cheung Tung-lan, director at New T&T, confirmed the firm had expressed interest to the Office of Telecommunications Authority (Ofta), which recently issued an industry consultation paper on 3G mobile services. 'We plan to invest over $1 billion in building a mobile network,' Mr Cheung said. 'It will complement all our business.' New T&T offers several data and video transmission services that required broadband access. Mr Cheung said the company would like to extend those services to wireless distribution. The Wharf (Holdings) subsidiary has residential and commercial fixed-line experience. Its sister company i-Cable Communications provides cable pay-TV and broadband Internet services. He said the company, which had four years experience in operating a telecoms network, would be given a chance to test the mobile network this year before submitting the application. Wharf failed to obtain a global system for mobile communications licence in the early 1990s. It failed again when it attempted to secure a personal communication services licence in 1995. Wharf is the only non-mobile operator to have stated an intention to apply for a 3G mobile licence. Ofta revealed on Tuesday four options for granting licences. It also said four to six licences would be awarded. Two of the four options would reserve at least part of the 3G spectrum solely for newcomers to the mobile telecoms market. The other two proposals would treat newcomers on an equal footing with existing operators.