Bulgaria - Current situation - History

25.03.2020

At the end of 2018 a draft Regulatory Policy for the Administration of radio frequency spectrum was published for public consultation. The draft policy provides for the establishment of a working party to draft an official document reflecting the national policy regarding digital radio broadcasting.

This working party shall include representatives from the two main Bulgarian regulatory bodies – the Council for Electronic Media (the authority that issues licenses for the production of radio and TV programs which are broadcast terrestrially and monitors the content of all Bulgarian radio and TV programs) and the Communications Regulation Commission (issuing permissions for the use of specified radio spectrum and monitoring its use).  Read more here

In May 2017, ET DIP TRADING was awarded a trial license by the Communications Regulation Commission (CRC) to transmit DAB/DAB+ digital radio in the territory of Sofia. More information (see licensing protocol 17 and decision number 5 inside the document).

On 20 March 2020 Digital audio Bulgaria LTD started a DAB+ trial in the capital city Sofia. More information is available here

 

29.01.2019

In July 2018, the Bulgarian Communications Regulation Commission (CRC) announced it will work with the country’s Council for Electronic Media (CEM) to form an official policy document concerning the adoption of DAB+ and launched a public consultation procedure on the draft CRC position regarding issuing DAB+ licences to broadcasters in the country. 

At the end of 2018 a draft Regulatory Policy for the Administration of radio frequency spectrum was published for public consultation. The draft policy provides for the establishment of a working party to draft an official document reflecting the national policy regarding digital radio broadcasting. This working party shall include representatives from the two main Bulgarian regulatory bodies – the Council for Electronic Media (the authority that issues licenses for the production of radio and TV programs which are broadcast terrestrially and monitors the content of all Bulgarian radio and TV programs) and the Communications Regulation Commission (issuing permissions for the use of specified radio spectrum and monitoring its use).  Read more here

ET DIP TRADING has been awarded a trial license by the Communications Regulation Commission (CRC) to transmit DAB/DAB+ digital radio in the territory of Sofia. More information (see licensing protocol 17 and decision number 5 inside the document).

 

06.08.2018

In July 2018, the Bulgarian Communications Regulation Commission (CRC) announced it will work with the country’s Council for Electronic Media (CEM) to form an official policy document concerning the adoption of DAB+ and launched a public consultation procedure on the draft CRC position regarding issuing DAB+ licences to broadcasters in the country. 

ET DIP TRADING has been awarded a trial license by the Communications Regulation Commission (CRC) to transmit DAB/DAB+ digital radio in the territory of Sofia. More information (see licensing protocol 17 and decision number 5 inside the document).

The Council for Electronic Media (CEM) together with the Communications Regulation Commission (CRC) held consultations with representatives of the Bulgarian National Radio (BNR), the Association of Bulgarian Broadcasters (ABRO) and FOCUS Radio in March 2017. The attitudes for future digital broadcasting in Bulgaria were discussed during the meeting.

The following links are from the meeting with the local radio groups and the regulator.

http://www.cem.bg/displaynewsbg/468
http://www.cem.bg/activitybg/1687
http://www.cem.bg/infobg/270

The public discussion procedure for digital radio is available at http://www.crc.bg/section.php?id=2192.

The current status of CRC is to explore European licensing practices, information is available at http://www.crc.bg/section.php?id=2246&lang=bg.