CRC cancels 3.6GHz auction; to award spectrum without a tender

17 Mar 2021

Bulgaria’s telecommunications authority the Communications Regulation Commission (CRC) has announced that it has concluded the procedure for conducting a ‘secret’ bidding tender for 5G-suitable spectrum in the 3.6GHz band, with the auction scheduled for 15 March 2021 not taking place. The regulator explained that given the submitted applications, the spectrum could be distributed without an auction; however, one of the potential participants has submitted an appeal against the regulator’s decision to halt the auction, with the CRC stating that it needs to consider all legal options before proceeding with the spectrum awards. The regulator is aiming to grant three nationwide permits for a term of 20 years; each licence will allow the holder to utilise one unpaired 100MHz block in the band (3500MHz-3600MHz, 3600MHz-3700MHz or 3700MHz-3800MHz).