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Bulgaria - Key Statistics, Telecom Market and Regulatory Overviews


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Bulgaria - Key Statistics, Telecom Market and Regulatory Overviews

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 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 for 2012; telcos' operating and financial data to Q2 2013; market developments to September 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 (NP)
4.3.5 Carrier selection/carrier PreSelection
5. Fixed network operators 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
6.1 International networks
7. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics 2013 (e)
Table 2 Telephone network statistics 2012
Table 3 Internet user statistics 2012
Table 4 Broadband subscriber statistics 2013 (e)
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2013 (e)
Table 6 National telecommunications authority
Table 7 Telecom sector revenue, annual change 2006 - 2012
Table 8 Telecom sector revenue by service 2008 - 2012
Table 9 BTC interconnection rates 2006 - 2009
Table 10 Cost of local loop unbundling and shared access 2006 - 2009
Table 11 Cumulative fixed number portings 2009 - 2012
Table 12 Vivacom financial data 2003 - 2013
Table 13 Vivacom financial data by sector 2010 - 2013
Table 14 MobilTel fixed-telephony and broadband subscribers 2011 - 2013
Table 15 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2000 - 2012
Chart 1 Telecom sector revenue by service 2008 2012
Chart 2 Vivacom financial data 2003 2013
Chart 3 Vivacom financial data by sector 2010 2013
Chart 4 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2000 2012
Exhibit 1 The EU regulatory framework for communications
Exhibit 2 Access, the local loop and unbundling an overview

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