Telenor Bulgaria acquires additional spectrum in 1800MHz band

5 May 2016

Bulgaria’s telecoms regulator the Communications Regulation Commission (CRC) has awarded 2×5MHz of additional spectrum in the 1800MHz band to domestic cellco Telenor, thus increasing its total holding in the band to 2×15MHz. Telenor disclosed that it had paid the respective license fees of over BGN7.0 million (USD4.1 million) and will commence utilising the new spectrum in the coming days. The additional frequencies will be used for further improving the quality of the company’s 4G LTE services by allowing Telenor to increase the maximum theoretical data speed in its 4G network to 100Mbps.

As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, Telenor launched its 4G network in December 2015 and currently offers LTE services to 75% of the population.