DTI appeals on mobile license ruling

New development could mean "Third Generation" mobile network licensees don't have to share their networks.

The Department of Trade and Industry is to appeal a ruling that allows new mobile phone companies to piggyback on the networks of existing phone operators, a practice known as roaming.

In its original statement the government said that any existing operators applying for one of the five new "Third Generation" licenses would have to allow roaming while new operators built up their own networks. New entrants would have until 2007 to cover 80 percent of the population, or face losing their license.

But in a case brought against the Government by One2One, the judge found the Government was applying undue pressure on existing operators, which he ruled was beyond its power.