The Office of the Telecommunications Authority (OFTA) has announced that it will release mobile CDMA2000 spectrum through a public auction in the fourth quarter of this year, according to a press release. A single licence will be offered for providing 2G/3G services from November 2008 onwards. The necessary legislation will be tabled in the Legislative Council to impose spectrum utilisation fees on the use of the relevant spectrum and to prescribe the method of determining the spectrum fee by auction. The regulator said in its release that ‘licensing of a new mobile service using the CDMA2000 standard will contribute to the harmonisation of popular mobile services with the Mainland as well as other parts of the world, thereby strengthening Hong Kong’s strategic position as a world city and the gateway between the Mainland and the world…Any interested party, including incumbent fixed/mobile carriers, is welcome to bid for the spectrum. Details of the auction rules, including the reserve price, will be released nearer to the time of the auction.’ Hong Kong already has four 3G mobile network operators, using the W-CDMA standard: Smartone-Vodafone, Hutchison Telephone Company, PCCW Mobile (formerly Sunday Communications) and CSL New World Mobility, which were all licensed in September 2001.