Bulgaria - Mobile Market Insights, Overview and Statistics
Bulgaria has a strong mobile market, with effective competition provided by Telekom Austria's M-Tel, Telenor's local unit, and the incumbent Vivacom. Mobile penetration is relatively high, the result of a significant trend for fixed-mobile substitution in recent years. Competition among network operators has intensified given the recent implementation of a streamlined mobile number portability process. Vivacom has also branched into the fixed-line market, acquiring a number of fibre-based broadband internet service providers. Mobile data offerings are focused on mobile broadband, resulting in considerable investment in network upgrades among all players. This report presents a concise overview of Bulgaria's mobile market, offering a variety of statistics and insightful analysis covering the major operators, market developments and services offered.
GloBul rebranded as Telenor Bulgaria; Max Telecom launches Bulgaria's first commercial LTE network; regulator consults on the use of remaining 1800MHz band; MobilTel extends its GSM licence; MNOs fined for MNP non-compliance; HSPA+ coverage extended; mobile sector representing nearly half of all telecom sector revenue; Vivacom reports strong growth in mobile broadband subscriber base; mobile termination rates reduced; MNP takes off under new regulatory measures; 1800MHz spectrum licensees fail to pay for fees; M-Tel extends LTE roll-out; regulator's market data for 2013; telcos' operating and financial data to Q3 2014; recent market developments.