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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's telecoms market in recent years has been affected by the poor macroeconomic climate as well as consumer trends which have led to the continuing decline in fixed-line voice services and placed stress on messaging services. These consumer patterns are likely to continue into 2015, leading to lower revenue for operators, though there are considerable opportunities for them to develop popular bundled packages. The adoption of EU regulatory measures has created a stable regulatory environment, attracting much foreign investment in the sector. The incumbent Vivacom has been privatised, and the government no longer holds the golden share' which had enabled it to veto certain key decisions. The liberalised market has attracted new market entrants although Vivacom remains the dominant player. 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 marginal drop in revenue into 2014; regulator signs MoU with Montenegrin telecom regulator for cooperate on reducing cost of telecom services; 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; further draft amendments to provide regulator with additional powers; Vestitel begins building second Greece-Bulgaria fibre link; regulator's market data updates for 2013; telcos' operating and financial data to Q3 2014; recent market developments.

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 Vivacom/Bulgarian Telecommunications Company (BTC)
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 2014 (e)
Table 2 Telephone network statistics 2014 (e)
Table 3 Internet user statistics 2014 (e)
Table 4 Fixed-line broadband subscriber statistics 2014 (e)
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2014 (e)
Table 6 National telecommunications authority
Table 7 Telecom sector revenue, annual change 2006 - 2014
Table 8 Telecom sector revenue by service 2008 - 2013
Table 9 Proportion of telecom sector revenue by service 2011 - 2013
Table 10 Fixed-voice revenue by type 2011 - 2013
Table 11 BTC interconnection rates 2006 - 2009
Table 12 Cost of local loop unbundling and shared access 2006 - 2009
Table 13 Cumulative fixed number portings 2009 - 2012
Table 14 Vivacom financial data 2003 - 2014
Table 15 Vivacom financial data by sector 2010 - 2014
Table 16 Vivacom subscribers by sector 2012 - 2014
Table 17 MobilTel fixed-telephony and broadband subscribers 2011 - 2014
Table 18 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2000 - 2014
Chart 1 Telecom sector revenue by service 2008 2013
Chart 2 Vivacom financial data 2003 2014
Chart 3 Vivacom financial data by sector 2010 2014
Chart 4 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2000 2014
Exhibit 1 The EU regulatory framework for communications
Exhibit 2 Access, the local loop and unbundling an overview

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