CRC opens public consultation on 1800MHz, 1900MHz, 2100MHz, 3500MHz bands

3 Jul 2013

Bulgaria’s telecoms watchdog the Communications Regulation Commission (CRC) has opened a public consultation on the prospective allocation of available resources in the 1800MHz, 1900MHz, 2100MHz and 3500MHz frequency bands, with Decision No. 467 dated 27 June 2013. Under the terms set out by the draft document, the spectrum available for use is listed as follows:

• 2×20MHz blocks in the 1800MHz band;

• 2×30MHz paired blocks (frequency division duplex, FDD) in the 1920MHz-1980MHz and 2110MHz-2170MHz bands;

• 1×20MHz block (time division duplex, TDD) in the 1900MHz-1920MHz band; and

• 1×63MHz block in the 3500MHz band.

The CRC has indicated that the 3500MHz frequencies are best suited for broadband wireless access (BWA) services, while the remaining frequencies are earmarked for 2G GSM, 3G UMTS, 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) and WiMAX use. However, the 1900MHz frequencies will be reserved for use by new operators, each of which will receive an allocation of both FDD and TDD frequencies. All potential licences will be technology neutral and operators will be permitted to select the technology and the corresponding services in accordance with their business strategies.

The regulator has also announced a deadline until 2 August 2013 for interested parties to post their comments on the matter.