Bulgaria looking for fourth 3G licensee

Telenor has agreed to acquire Bulgarian mobile operator Globul from Greek operator group OTE

Bulgarian communications regulator the CRC has issued a tender for a fourth 3G licensee in the country. Prospective bidders will be allowed to submit applications for the UMTS licence until November 14, with the award due to take place December 7. The licence will be valid for 15 years and will consist of 2 х 15MHz blocks of FDD spectrum in the 2GHz band.

The initial price for the tender has been set at BGN49.5m (€25m), with a deposit of BGN2m required.

Bulgaria has a total of 7.3 million mobile subscribers, with a penetration rate of 144 per cent at the end of September. The market leader is MobilTel with 5.3 million subscribers at the end of September, followed by Cosmo with four million and Vivacom with 1.4 million users.

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