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Bulgaria - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Forecasts

This report covers trends and developments in telecommunications, mobile, Internet, broadband, Internet society and digital TV developments. Subjects include:

  • Market and industry analyses, trends and developments;
  • Facts, figures and statistics;
  • Industry and regulatory issues;
  • Infrastructure;
  • Major players, revenues, subscribers, ARPU, MOU;
  • Internet, VoIP, IPTV;
  • Mobile voice and data markets;
  • Broadband (FttH, DSL, cable TV, wireless);
  • Convergence and digital mediaResearcher:- Paul KwonCurrent publication date:- October 2010 (9th Edition)Next publication date:- October 2011


1. Key Statistics
2. Telecommunications Market
2.1 Overview of Bulgaria’s telecom market
3. Regulatory Environment
3.1 History
3.2 Regulatory authority
3.2.1 Communications Regulation Commission (CRC)
3.3 Telecom sector liberalisation in Bulgaria
3.3.1 Privatisation
3.3.2 Interconnect
3.3.3 Access
3.3.4 Number portability
3.3.5 Carrier selection/carrier PreSelection
4. Fixed Network Market
4.1 Overview of operators
4.1.1 Bulgarian Telecommunications Company (BTC)/VIVACOM
4.1.2 Orbitel
4.1.3 Vestitel
5. Telecommunications Infrastructure
5.1 Overview
6. Internet Market
6.1 Overview
6.2 Internet statistics
6.3 Bulgaria’s emerging Internet society
6.3.1 E-government
6.3.2 E-health
7. Broadband Market
7.1 Fixed broadband overview
7.1.1 Broadband statistics
7.2 Cable
7.3 Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)
7.4 Fibre-to-the-Home (FttH)
7.5 Wireless broadband
7.5.1 World Interoperability for Microwave Access (WiMAX)
8. Digital Media
8.1 Overview of broadcasting market
8.2 Digital TV
8.2.1 Broadband TV (IPTV)
8.2.2 Digital Terrestrial TV (DTTV)
8.2.3 Cable TV (CATV)
8.2.4 Satellite-based digital pay TV developments
9. Mobile Communications
9.1 Overview of Bulgaria’s mobile market
9.1.1 Mobile statistics
9.2 Regulatory issues
9.2.1 Second GSM licence
9.2.2 Third GSM licence
9.2.3 Fourth GSM licence
9.2.4 Third generation (3G) licences
9.2.5 TETRA licences
9.2.6 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
9.2.7 EU roaming tariffs
9.2.8 Mobile Termination Rates (MTR)
9.3 Mobile technologies
9.3.1 GSM
9.3.2 TETRA
9.3.3 Third generation mobile (3G)
9.4 Major mobile operators
9.4.1 RTC Mobikom/Vivacom
9.4.2 MobilTel/M-Tel
9.4.3 Cosmo Bulgaria Mobile/GloBul
9.5 Mobile voice services
9.5.1 Prepaid cards
9.6 Mobile data services
9.6.1 Overview
9.6.2 Short Message Service (SMS)/Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
9.6.3 General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
9.6.4 Enhanced Data for GSM Evolution (EDGE)
9.6.5 i-mode
9.6.6 BlackBerry
9.6.7 Mobile TV
9.6.8 Mobile broadband
9.7 Mobile content and applications
9.7.1 M-commerce (micropayments)
10. Forecasts
10.1 Fixed broadband forecasts - 2010 - 2013; 2020
10.1.1 Scenario 1 - higher broadband subscriber growth
10.1.2 Scenario 2 - lower broadband subscriber growth
11. Glossary of Abbreviations
Table 1 - Country statistics Bulgaria - 2010
Table 2 - Telephone network statistics - 2010
Table 3 - Internet user statistics - 2010
Table 4 - Internet subscriber statistics - 2010
Table 5 - Broadband subscriber statistics - 2010
Table 6 - Mobile statistics - 2010
Table 7 - National telecommunications authority
Table 8 - BTC interconnection rates - 2006 - 2009
Table 9 - Cost of local loop unbundling and shared access - 2006 - 2009
Table 10 - BTC financial data - 2003 - 2009
Table 11 - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 2000 - 2011
Table 12 - Internet users, subscribers and penetration rates - 2000 - 2011
Table 13 - ICT usage by businesses - 2006 - 2011
Table 14 - Electronic sales as percentage of total non-VAT turnover for non-financial sector businesses with 10 or more employees - 2009
Table 15 - Online purchases by individuals - 2005 - 2010
Table 16 - E-education usage by individuals - 2007 - 2010
Table 17 - E-education usage by businesses - 2007 - 2010
Table 18 - Uptake of e-government services by businesses - 2004 - 2010
Table 19 - Uptake of e-government services by individuals - 2004 - 2010
Table 20 - Fixed broadband subscribers by access type - January 2010
Table 21 - Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration - 2005 - 2010
Table 22 - Fixed broadband subscribers by data speed - January 2010
Table 23 - Cable broadband subscribers - 2005 - 2010
Table 24 - ADSL subscribers - 2005 - 2010
Table 25 - FttX subscribers - 2007 - 2010
Table 26 - Audience share by broadcaster - Prime time - 2007 - 2010
Table 27 - Audience share by broadcaster - All day - 2007 - 2010
Table 28 - Total TV advertising spending - 2008 - 2009
Table 29 - Mobile subscribers and penetration - 1995 - 2010
Table 30 - MobilTel operational data - 2005 - 2010
Table 31 - MobilTel prepaid, postpaid and blended monthly ARPU - 2004 - 2010
Table 32 - MobilTel subscribers and Monthly Minutes of Use (MOU) - 2007 - 2010
Table 33 - GloBul financial data - January - June 2010
Table 34 - GloBul subscribers - 2007 - 2011
Table 35 - Ratio of prepaid to postpaid subscribers - 2001 - 2010
Table 36 - MobilTel prepaid subscribers - 2004 - 2010
Table 37 - GloBul prepaid subscribers - 2007 - 2011
Table 38 - Total SMS messages sent - 2003 - 2011
Table 39 - Total MMS messages sent - 2003 - 2010
Table 40 - Total mobile broadband-capable subscribers - 2006 - 2010
Table 41 - MobilTel mobile broadband subscribers - 2008 - 2010
Table 42 - Forecast fixed broadband subscribers - higher growth scenario - 2010 - 2013; 2020
Table 43 - Forecast fixed broadband subscribers - lower growth scenario - 2010 - 2013; 2020
Exhibit 1 - The EU regulatory framework for communications
Exhibit 2 - Access, the local loop and unbundling - an overview
Exhibit 3 - The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) annual E-readiness criteria

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