Interest builds in fourth Bulgarian GSM licence

Eleven companies have expressed interest in participating in the planned Bulgarian GSM1800 spectrum auction for the country's fourth mobile licence according to the national regulator, the Communications Regulation Commission. The auction for the 20-year licence will take place on the 29th July 2008 with a reserve price of US$30.2 million. Bulgaria currently has three mobile operators, MobilTEL, Globul and BTC Mobile, all of whom have indicated that they will not be bidding for the spectrum. The regulator has not published the names of the companies who have indicated their interest but local landline operators Max Telecom, Transtelecom and Carrier BG as well as Turkey's Turkcell are seen as likely bidders.

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