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Bulgaria - Key Statistics, Telecom Market and Regulatory Overviews


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Bulgaria possesses an evolving telecoms market that reflects the general economy; adoption of EU regulatory principles has created a stable regulatory environment, attracting much foreign investment. The incumbent has been privatised and the liberalised market has attracted new market entrants although the incumbent remains the dominant fixed-line market player. Competition and the trend of fixed mobile substitution have resulted in fixed-line operators focusing on broadband and related services, in turn driving network deployments. This report provides an overview of Bulgaria’s growing fixed-line telecom market, and includes information on regulatory developments, major operators and fixed-line networks, as well as a variety of statistics and data.

Key developments:

Vivacom reports fall in overall revenue for Q3 2012; Vivacom bought out by two banks; MobilTel covers one million households with fixed network; steady growth in new entrant fixed-lines; amended Electronic Communications Act focused on enhancing regulator’s powers; Vestitel begins building second Greece-Bulgaria fibre link; regulator’s market data updates; telcos’ operating and financial data to Q3 2012; market developments to March 2013.

Companies covered in this report include:

Vivacom, Orbitel, Vestitel, MobilTel.


1. Synopsis
2. Key statistics
3. Telecommunications market
3.1 Overview of Bulgaria’s telecom market
4. Regulatory environment
4.1 History
4.1.1 Revised NFR
4.2 Regulatory authority
4.2.1 Communications Regulation Commission (CRC)
4.3 Telecom sector liberalisation in Bulgaria
4.3.1 Privatisation
4.3.2 Interconnect
4.3.3 Access
4.3.4 Number portability
4.3.5 Carrier selection/carrier PreSelection
5. Fixed network operator in Bulgaria
5.1 Overview of operators
5.1.1 Bulgarian Telecommunications Company (BTC)/Vivacom
5.1.2 Orbitel
5.1.3 Vestitel
5.1.4 MobilTel
6. Telecommunications infrastructure
7. Related reports
Table 1 – Country statistics – 2012 (e)
Table 2 – Telephone network statistics – 2012 (e)
Table 3 – Internet user statistics – June 2012
Table 4 – Broadband subscriber statistics – 2012 (e)
Table 5 – Mobile statistics – 2012 (e)
Table 6 – National telecommunications authority
Table 7 – Telecom sector revenue, annual change – 2006 - 2012
Table 8 – Telecom sector revenue by service– 2008 - 2010
Table 9 – BTC interconnection rates – 2006 - 2009
Table 10 – Cost of local loop unbundling and shared access – 2006 - 2009
Table 11 – Vivacom financial data – 2003 - 2012
Table 12 – Vivacom financial data by sector– 2010 - 2012
Table 13 – MobilTel fixed-telephony and broadband subscribers – 2011 - 2012
Table 14 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2000 - 2012
Chart 1 – Vivacom financial data – 2003 – 2012
Chart 2 – Vivacom financial data by sector– 2010 – 2012
Exhibit 1 – The EU regulatory framework for communications
Exhibit 2 – Access, the local loop and unbundling – an overview

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