Telcoms Regulator to Auction Spectrum in 2500-2690 MHz Band

Telcoms Regulator to Auction Spectrum in 2500-2690 MHz Band

 Bulgaria’s telecommunications regulator said it plans a tender for eight licences for civil use of radio frequency spectrum in the 2500-2690 MHz band, operated currently by national security services.
Five of licences will be for the 2500-2570/2620-2690 MHz frequency bands, the Communications Regulation Commission(CRC) said. The remaining three licences will be for the 2570-2620 MHz band.
The licences will be valid for 10 years. They will be assigned to the successful bidders after the National Bodyguard Service releases the frequencies.The licence holders are to ensure at least 35% coverage of the population in two years and 50% in five years.
The allocations are prompted by the decision of the European Commission for the harmonization of the 2500-2690 MHZ frequency band for terrestrial systems in the EU for providing services such as mobile Internet access. Bulgaria was to apply the decision by 2010 for the north of the country and by 2011 for the south. However, the country had no financial resources to release the frequencies. The European Commission launched an infringement procedure and Bulgaria requested an extension of the period.
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