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Bulgaria - Fixed Broadband, Digital Economy and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

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

Bulgaria's broadband market enjoys excellent cross-platform competition, including DSL, cable, fibre, WiMAX and LAN-based services. While the share of the market held by cable is stable, the DSL sector is losing market share as a result of customers being migrated to fibre networks. Operators including Vivacom and Cooolbox now provide gigabyte services, with Vivacom's fibre infrastructure covering about 1.06 million premises by June 2016. By late 2015 an estimated two-thirds of subscribers were connected to fibre networks.

The country has undertaken steps to develop an internet society encompassing commerce, health and government services. Cable TV penetration is well above the EU average and the market has undergone considerable consolidation. Digital TV is also widely available via broadband TV and satellite.

This report provides an insight into Bulgaria's broadband and digital media markets. It includes an overview of the technologies, major players and market developments, as well as a variety of statistics and fixed broadband forecasts to 2021.

Key developments:

Cooolbox launches 1Gb/s FttP service; in Telekom Austria Group acquires Blizoo Bulgaria from EQT; Vivacom re-acquires NURTS DTTV provider; Satellite BG ceases broadcasting; new cableco association launched; consolidation among cable TV players; Vivacom increases satellite broadband service to 18Mb/s; government investment program for broadband in rural areas; Vivacom's FiberNet offer passes 1.06 million premises; report update includes the regulator's market data for 2015, telcos' operating and financial data to Q2 2016, recent market developments.


Companies mentioned in this report:
MobilTel, Trans Telecom, Vivacom, Bulgarian Telecom and Television, Blizoo.

Table Of Contents

Bulgaria - Fixed Broadband, Digital Economy and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses
1. Synopsis
2. Introduction and statistical overview
2.1 Market analysis
2.2 Broadband statistics
2.3 Forecasts broadband subscribers 2016; 2018; 2021
2.3.1 Notes on scenario forecasts
3. Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
4. Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
5. Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP)
6. Other fixed broadband services
6.1 World Interoperability for Microwave Access (WiMAX)
6.1.1 Nexcom
6.1.2 Cablenet/Max Telecom
6.1.3 M-Tel
6.1.4 Trans Telecom/Forever
6.2 Satellite broadband
7. Digital economy
7.1 Introduction
7.2 E-government
7.3 E-health
8. Digital media
8.1 Introduction
8.2 Bundled services
8.3 Digital TV
8.3.1 Videostreaming
8.3.2 Digital Terrestrial TV (DTTV)
8.3.3 Cable TV (CATV)
8.3.4 Satellite TV
9. Related reports
Table 1 Internet users and penetration rates 2000 - 2016
Table 2 Fixed-line broadband market share by access type 2009 - 2015
Table 3 Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2005 - 2016
Table 4 Fixed broadband subscribers by data speed 2010- 2015
Table 5 Data/internet retail and wholesale revenue 2008 - 2015
Table 6 Forecast fixed broadband subscribers higher growth scenario 2016; 2018; 2021
Table 7 MobilTel broadband subscribers 2011 - 2016
Table 8 Cable broadband subscribers 2005 - 2015
Table 9 DSL subscribers 2005 - 2015
Table 10 Vivacom broadband subscribers 2013 - 2016
Table 11 Vivacom fibre broadband connections and homes passed 2013 2016
Table 12 FttP subscribers 2008 - 2015
Table 13 Proportion of analogue/digital viewing 2008 - 2015
Table 14 Broadcasting revenue by service 2010 2015
Table 15 Penetration of TV services among households 2009 - 2015
Table 16 Radio/TV share of revenue by service 2013 - 2015
Table 17 Radio/TV share of revenue by platform 2013 - 2015
Table 18 Proportion of pay TV subscribers by platform 2012 - 2015
Table 19 TV service received in bundled offers 2010 - 2015
Table 20 Bundled service subscribers 2012 - 2015
Table 21 Bundled service revenue 2012 - 2015
Table 22 IPTV subscribers 2008 - 2015
Table 23 IPTV revenue 2008 - 2015
Table 24 Vivacom pay TV and IPTV subscribers 2013 - 2016
Table 25 Cable TV subscribers 2006 - 2015
Table 26 Satellite TV subscribers 2006 - 2015
Table 27 Satellite broadcasting revenue 2008 - 2015
Chart 1 Fixed-line broadband market share by access type 2009 2015
Chart 2 Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2005 2016
Exhibit 1 The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) annual E-readiness criteria

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