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Bulgaria - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses

  • December 2016
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  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
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  • 20 pages

Bulgaria's telecoms market in recent years has been affected by the country's poor macroeconomic climate, which has contributed to steadily declining revenue across the sector since 2008. This has been exacerbated by consumer trends which have seen the continuing decline in the fixed-line sector as voice is replaced by mobile and VoIP alternatives. In addition, SMS and MMS services are being pressed by the growing use of alternative OTT messaging, so eroding an important revenue stream for mobile network operators. These can also now expect a further reduction in roaming revenue following the decision by the European commission to bring international roaming rates in line with domestic rates. Nevertheless, there are considerable opportunities for telcos further to develop popular bundled packages.

The telecom sector has nevertheless benefitted from Bulgaria's adoption of EU regulatory measures, which has encouraged investment in the sector from other telcos as well as private equity firms. The incumbent Vivacom has been privatised, and the government no longer holds the golden share' which had enabled it to veto certain key decisions. In August 2016 Viva Telecom (Luxembourg) completed the acquisition of InterV Investment, which indirectly owns Vivacom, for 330 million. Although the liberalised market has attracted new market entrants, Vivacom remains the dominant player.
This report provides an overview of Bulgaria's fixed-line telecom market, including data on regulatory developments, the strategies and performances of the major operators and an assessment of the evolution of fixed-line networks.

Key developments:

Regulator to introduce IP interconnection from the beginning of 2017; Viva Telecom (Luxembourg) acquires Vivacom for 330 million; Bulgaria planning to join the Trans-Eurasian Information Super Highway (TASIM) project; regulator signs MoU with Montenegrin telecom regulator to 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; Vestitel begins building second Greece-Bulgaria fibre link; regulator's market data updates for 2015; telcos' operating and financial data to Q3 2016; recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Vivacom, Orbitel, Vestitel, MobilTel.

Table Of Contents

Bulgaria - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses
1. Synopsis
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Market analysis
5. Regulatory environment
5.1 Historical overview
5.2 Revised NFR
5.3 Regulatory authority
5.4 Telecom sector liberalisation
5.5 Privatisation
5.6 Interconnect
5.6.1 Access
5.7 Number Portability (NP)
5.8 Carrier selection/Carrier PreSelection
6. Fixed network operators
6.1 Introduction
6.2 Vivacom/Bulgarian Telecommunications Company (BTC)
6.3 Orbitel
6.4 Vestitel
6.5 MobilTel
7. Telecommunications infrastructure
7.1 Overview of the national telecom network
7.2 International networks
8. Related reports


List of Tables

Table 1 Country statistics 2016 (e)
Table 2 Telephone network statistics 2016 (e)
Table 3 Internet user statistics 2016 (e)
Table 4 Fixed-line broadband subscriber statistics 2016 (e)
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2016 (e)
Table 6 National telecommunications authority
Table 7 Telecom sector revenue, annual change 2006 - 2015
Table 8 Telecom sector revenue by service 2008 - 2015
Table 9 Proportion of telecom sector revenue by service 2011 - 2015
Table 10 Fixed-voice revenue by type 2011 - 2015
Table 11 Cumulative fixed number portings 2009 - 2015
Table 12 Vivacom financial data 2003 - 2016
Table 13 Vivacom financial data by sector 2010 - 2016
Table 14 Vivacom subscribers by sector 2012 - 2016
Table 15 MobilTel fixed-telephony and broadband RGUs 2011 - 2016
Table 16 MobilTel fixed access lines 2011 - 2016
Table 17 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2000 - 2017
Table 18 International bandwidth 2000 - 2015

List of Charts

Chart 1 Telecom sector revenue by service 2008 2015
Chart 2 Vivacom financial data 2003 2016
Chart 3 Vivacom financial data by sector 2010 2016
Chart 4 Vivacom subscribers by sector 2012 2016
Chart 5 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2000 2017

List of Exhibits

Exhibit 1 The EU regulatory framework for communications
Exhibit 2 Access, the local loop and unbundling an overview

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