New Zealand may finally get its third mobile operator, with negotiations taking place to secure investment in cellular licensee Econet Wireless. Econet was awarded a 3G licence in January 2001 and also holds 2G spectrum in the 1800MHz band, but its Africa-based parent company has so far failed to secure investment to fund a network rollout. The Dominion Post reports, however, that the firm is now in negotiations with equity groups General Enterprise Management Services and Communications Venture Partners with a view to getting a service off the ground. The New Zealand mobile market is currently served by just two players, Vodafone and Telecom New Zealand. Australian-owned TelstraClear is currently rolling out a limited 3G network.