Electronic Media in Bulgaria to queue for licenses

Electronic Media in Bulgaria to queue for licenses

All types of electronic media, including telecoms, radio and television stations and online media, will require a license to operate in Bulgaria as from next January.

This is written down in the draft law on electronic communications to be launched for discussion next week.

The new provisions, to replace the existing Communications Law, will harmonise the national legislation with the EU acquis communautaire in this sector.

All types of media will then be described as suppliers of electronic communication services, the draft says.

Aside this, the national communications market will be indicatively divided into 18 mini-markets, each of them to be subject to regulation. Those will be organized into three sectors to cover mobile services, fixed line services and hired lines services.

This kind of segmentation will allow for better analyses and protection of competition, explained Lyubomir Stoitchkov, secretary of the Commission for Regulation of Communications (CRC).