Legislator Sin Chung-kai has renewed calls for Hong Kong to press Beijing to include a proposed Special Telecoms Zone under the city's new trade pact with the mainland. The proposal sought fresh rights for Hong Kong telecommunications network operators to land their cable systems in Shenzhen to compete with mainland carriers offering services to enterprises across the Pearl River Delta. Mr Sin, who recently won a third term as legislative councillor for the IT functional constituency, said he would shortly urge government authorities to include this proposal in the second stage of the Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (Cepa II) that was signed earlier this month. 'We still have time to do this,' the legislator said, noting the trade agreement would be take effect on January 1. The Office of the Government Chief Information Officer is on the front line of negotiations with Ministry of Information Industry representatives over additional concessions under Cepa stage two. 'We are only asking for a more level playing field,' Mr Sin said. He said mainland carriers were not restricted by Hong Kong law to terminate their cable systems in Hong Kong so they could hook up with international telecoms cable networks. But local telecoms services providers could only operate within the city's borders, missing out on offering advanced communications to the more than 50,000 Hong Kong-controlled businesses in the delta region. Mr Sin said he aimed to bring the fixed-line network operators in Hong Kong together to support the Special Telecoms Zone and help draw up details of the scheme. Lending support to this proposal is Hong Kong Information Technology Federation president Charles Mok. The federation has more than 300 members. Mr Mok said: 'I believe that if Hong Kong is a part of China, we have all the more reason to push for this and other trade reforms. 'If we can get other industries in the mainland opened up to Hong Kong, I do not see why we cannot push harder for telecommunications and IT service liberalisation.' Although the mainland has recently undertaken structural reforms in its telecoms industry, Mr Mok said Hong Kong could ill afford to wait for more reforms to be realised. Under Cepa, Hong Kong companies had been allowed to explore business opportunities in value-added telecommunications services in the mainland from last October 1. But Mr Mok said cross-border partnerships did not allow Hong Kong companies to obtain controlling shares in telecoms and IT projects in the mainland.