CRC to revoke 4G Com’s licence for non-payment

11 Sep 2014

Bulgaria’s Communications Regulation Commission (CRC) is reportedly planning to revoke the wireless concession for a 2×8MHz block of spectrum in the 1800MHz band that was granted to start-up 4G Com (4DZI Kom) in December 2011, due to the company’s ‘non-payment of fees’. According to domestic newspaper Capital, the would-be operator failed to pay the one-off fee of BGN30.4 million (USD19.8 million) alongside its annual contributions since the award date. The start-up now allegedly owes the regulator BGN34.87 million, after paying just BGN360 of the total sum, in June 2014.

According to TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in late 2011 4G Com won a technology neutral wireless concession in the 1800MHz band, worth BGN30.4 million. The start-up, which is understood to be wholly owned by Ultra Com BG, was initially expected to utilise the spectrum for mobile broadband services based on Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology, although since then no developments on the deployment of a network have been reported. In March 2014 local media reports suggested that the company was up for grabs for around BGN35 million-BGN36 million, hinting that the would-be operator obtained the frequencies in order to resell them.

Bulgaria, 4G Com (4Dzhi Kom), Communications Regulation Commission (CRC)