A1, Vivacom, Telenor secure 5G spectrum in 3.6GHz band

7 Apr 2021

Bulgaria’s telecommunications authority the Communications Regulation Commission (CRC) has concluded its auction for 5G spectrum in the 3.6GHz band, raising a total of BGN13.4 million (USD8.1 million) from the sale. A1 Bulgaria, Vivacom and Telenor each secured 5G-suitable airwaves, with A1 agreeing to pay BGN4.7 million for 100MHz of 3.6GHz spectrum (3600MHz-3700MHz). Vivacom offered BGN4.6 million for its 100MHz block (3700MHz-3800MHz), while Telenor pledged BGN4.1 million for its 100MHz allocation (3500MHz-3600MHz). The concessions are valid for 20 years.

The regulator initially planned to allocate the three 20-year 5G licences without competition, though its decision was contested by Vivacom. After reviewing all the legal options and obtaining the consent of all interested parties, the CRC set 6 April as the date for the 5G tender.