Press reports from Bulgaria are suggesting that the government’s planned award of three new mobile phone concessions is in doubt after two of the three licensees failed to meet the deadline for part-payment of the required licence fees. 24 Chasa reports that Bulsatcom has paid for its two paired blocks of 5MHz spectrum in the 1800MHz band, but Max Telecom and 4G Com have failed to pay for their 2×8MHz blocks in the same band. Bulgaria’s Communications Regulation Commission (CRC) has asked the National Revenue Agency to collect the money from the defaulting bidders. Meanwhile, existing mobile operators in Bulgaria are still voicing concern that the market will not be able to support three new players. Both market leader M-Tel and second-placed Globul reports a drop in revenues and pre-tax profits for 2011.
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