Bulgaria’s telecoms regulator the Communications Regulation Commission (CRC) has announced plans to hold a tender for the authorisation of the use of frequencies in the 2500MHz-2690MHz spectrum band with Decision No 411 dated 31 August 2015. The regulator disclosed that it aims to award three 2×20MHz paired blocks (frequency division duplex [FDD]) and one 2×10MHz paired block in the 2500MHz-2570MHz/2620MHz-2690MHz band and five 1×10MHz blocks (time division duplex [TDD]) in the 2570MHz-2620MHz band. All parties are invited to submit their interest in the tender by 15 September 2015.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in April 2013 the Bulgarian government announced that the National Security Service (NPS) will start the release of frequencies in the 2500MHz-2690MHz band (occupied by the military), for terrestrial systems capable of providing communications services. The CRC opened a tender (with Decision No 489 of 9 July 2013) for five 2×5MHz paired blocks and three 1×5MHz blocks in the band in July 2013. The licences were to be issued for a ten year period, with operators required to establish and operate 3G and/or 4G networks covering 35% of the territory within two years from licence award, going on to reach 55% coverage within five years. Citing a lack of interest, however, the CRC cancelled the tender in August.