Bulgaria to issue more fixed wireless licences

Wednesday 24 May 2006 | 14:55 CET | News
In response to a submitted application by an interested entity on the grounds of Article 61, paragraph 1 and 3 and in connection with Article 55, paragraph 1 of the Telecommunications Act the Communications Regulation Commission (CRC) at its meeting on 16th of May 2006 announced an intention to issue individual licenses to carry out telecommunications through public telecommunication networks in the Fixed Service of "Point-to-multipoint" (PMP) type using individually assigned scarce resource – radio frequency spectrum with national coverage in the frequency range 26 GHz. The available scarce resource is two duplex coupled frequency blocks of 700 MHz in the frequency bands 24.5-25.25 GHz/25.5-26.258 GHz. Each block contains 25 channels with 28 MHz width. Every license can provide for a different number of 28 MHz channels grouped together and a 28 MHz guard band shall be included within the assigned frequency blocks. The duplex separation between the frequency blocks is 1008 MHz. The entities who want to obtain a license to carry out telecommunications through public telecommunication networks in the Fixed Service of PMP type can submit their applications in person or via a representative authorized by a special notary certified letter of attorney, every working day from 09:00 to 17:30 at the General Office of CRC or alternatively they can mail their application as a registered letter to the following address: 6 Gurko Street, 1000 Sofia, Bulgaria, until 19th of June 2006. The main advantage of "point-to-multipoint" type wireless networks is the possibility to provide fiber optics quality services on locations, where the installation of fiber optics is practically impossible or economically inefficient. This gives the possibility to construct networks mainly in strongly urbanized areas as well as in rural regions and makes the band appropriate for data transfer public networks with national coverage. In October 2005 auctions were held for granting individual licenses for carrying out telecommunications through public telecommunication networks in the Fixed Service of "Point-to-multipoint" (PMP) type with national coverage in the frequency range 3.4-3.6 GHz. As a result of the auctions four individual licenses (two of the A class and two of the B class) have been issued. The PMP networks in the two frequency ranges (3.5 GHz and 26 GHz) are differently purposed and are targeted for different users.

Categories: Mobile & Wireless
Countries: Bulgaria
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