CRC sets 6 April as new date for 5G auction

18 Mar 2021

Bulgaria’s telecommunications authority the Communications Regulation Commission (CRC) has announced that it will hold a ‘secret’ bidding tender for 5G-suitable spectrum in the 3.6GHz band on 6 April 2021. The regulator initially planned to distribute the airwaves via an auction (slated for 15 March) but cancelled the procedure after it transpired that the spectrum could be distributed without one; however, Vivacom submitted a legal appeal against the regulator’s decision to halt the auction, with the CRC stating at the time that it needed to consider all legal options before proceeding with the spectrum awards. Following determination of all legal options and obtaining the consent of all interested parties, the CRC revoked Decision 94 of 10 March 2021 and set 6 April as the new date for the 5G tender. 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).