Bulgaria wraps up 3G licensing process; all three wireless players gain concessions

28 Apr 2005

Bulgarian regulator, the CRC, yesterday issued two 20-year 3G licences to the new wireless division of the Bulgarian Telecommunications Company (BTC) and Greek-owned Cosmo Bulgaria (Globul), the country’s second largest cellco. Both ‘Class B’ licences, with capacity 2×5MHz + 1×5MHz, cost BGL42 million (EUR21.67 million). The double award follows wireless market leader MobilTel (MTel) winning a higher capacity ‘Class A’ UMTS licence at the end of last month. MTel’s concession, also valid for 20 years, cost BGL78 million (EUR40.16 million) and is for the frequencies 2×10MHz + 1×5MHz. MTel says it plans to rolling out its UMTS network ‘immediately’ and intends to offer commercial 3G services in Bulgaria’s five largest cities by the end of 2006 at the latest.