Bulgaria’s Communications Regulation Commission (CRC) has awarded three licences for the use of vacant spectrum in the 1800MHz range for wireless communications. Max Telekom and 4G Com won concessions for two paired blocks of 8MHz, whilst Bulsatcom won two paired blocks of 5MHz. The permits are technology neutral, allow nationwide coverage and have duration of ten years. The regulator commented that it expects the licensees to use the spectrum for mobile broadband services, via WiMAX, Long Term Evolution (LTE) or LTE-Advanced technologies. This follows the recent cancellation of a tender for a fourth mobile operator at the end of November. The CRC abandoned the auction for a 15-year licence in the 2GHz band after none of the prospective buyers, which included 4G Com, filed the requisite participation fee.
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