Bulgarian telecoms regulator the Communications Regulation Commission (CRC) has invited all interested parties to submit their bids for participation in a tender for frequencies in the 2500MHz-2690MHz spectrum band by 29 October 2015. According to Decision No. 477 (dated 8 October 2015), the regulator is planning to award 14 2×5MHz paired blocks (frequency division duplex [FDD]) in the 2500MHz-2570MHz/2620MHz-2690MHz band and ten 1×10MHz blocks (time division duplex [TD]) in the 2570MHz-2620MHz band.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in April 2013 the Bulgarian government announced that the National Security Service (NPS) will start the release of frequencies in the 2500MHz-2690MHz band (occupied by the military), for terrestrial systems capable of providing communications services. The CRC opened a tender (with Decision No 489 of 9 July 2013) for five 2×5MHz paired blocks and three 1×5MHz blocks in the band in July 2013. The licences were to be issued for a ten year period, with operators required to establish and operate 3G and/or 4G networks covering 35% of the territory within two years from licence award, going on to reach 55% coverage within five years. Citing a lack of interest, however, the CRC cancelled the tender in August.