Supreme Court blocks Telstra's bid for control of 3G network shared with H3G

28 May 2009

Australia’s dominant telecoms operator Telstra has been halted in its attempts to gain an increased level of control of the 3G network it shares with mobile operator Hutchison 3G Australia (H3G), itWire reports. The network assets shared by the two operators are owned by a joint company, 3GIS, itself 50/50 owned by Telstra and H3G. It is understood that Telstra had argued that the proposed merger between H3G and Vodafone Australia constituted a change of control of the latter, and therefore changed the terms of the 3GIS agreement. The Victorian Supreme Court however did not agree, and rejected Telstra’s claim.