Bulgaria’s telecommunications authority the Communications Regulation Commission (CRC) has opened a public consultation procedure on a draft decision to adopt an updated regulatory policy for management of radio spectrum. In order to fulfil the obligations in Article 54 of the EU Electronic Communications Code, Bulgaria must allow the use of a sufficiently large block of 3.6GHz spectrum and at least 1GHz in the 24.25GHz-27.5GHz band for the deployment of 5G networks by 31 December 2020. The main aims in regard to spectrum management/distribution are to:
· redistribute spectrum in the 1800MHz band to ensure continuous blocks
· allocate 2 15MHz (FDD) in the 2GHz band
· redistribute spectrum in the 3400MHz-3800MHz band for 5G use
· amend the technical requirements for the operation of terrestrial networks allowing provision of electronic communications services in order to create conditions for introduction of 5G networks in Bulgaria
· take action to provide additional frequencies in the 2.6GHz and 3.6GHz frequency band
· award 811MHz-821MHz and 852MHz-862MHz frequency bands to operators, provided that there is evidence of a lack of interference in the operation of the military radio equipment
· start the allocation procedure of 700MHz spectrum, and
· define the conditions for use of at least 1GHz of spectrum in 24.25GHz-27.5GHz band.
All interested parties have been given until 23 December to submit their comments on the document.