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Bulgaria - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses

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

Bulgaria has a rapidly developing mobile market, with effective competition provided by Telekom Austria's M-Tel, Telenor's local unit, and the incumbent Vivacom. A new entrant, MAX (Max Telecom), provides additional competition. 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. By the end of 2016 mobile networks accounted for about 85% of all voice revenue.

Mobile data offerings are focused on mobile broadband, resulting in considerable investment in network upgrades among all players.
This report presents an overview of Bulgaria's mobile market, offering a variety of statistics and insightful analyses covering the major operators, market developments and services offered.

Key developments:

Regulator awards additional spectrum in the 1800MHz band for LTE use; Blizoo launches LTE services on MAX's network; regulator's re-opened tender for spectrum in the 2.5-2.6GHz band fails to find bidders; 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; M-Tel extends LTE roll-out; report update includes the regulator's market data for 2015, telcos' operating and financial data to Q3 2016, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Vivacom, MobilTel, Telenor Bulgaria.

Table Of Contents

Bulgaria - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses
1. Synopsis
2. Market analysis
3. Mobile statistics
3.1 General statistics
3.2 Mobile data
3.2.1 SMS and MMS
3.3 Mobile broadband
4. Regulatory issues
4.1 First GSM licence
4.2 Second GSM licence
4.3 Third GSM licence
4.4 Fourth GSM licence
4.5 Third generation (3G) licences
4.6 800MHz
4.7 1800MHz
4.8 2.5-2.6GHz
4.9 TETRA licences
4.10 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
4.11 Roaming
4.12 Mobile Termination Rates (MTR)
5. Mobile infrastructure
5.1 Digital networks
5.1.1 GSM
5.1.2 Third Generation mobile (3G)
5.1.3 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
5.2 Other infrastructure developments
5.2.1 General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
5.2.2 Enhanced Data for GSM Evolution (EDGE)
5.2.3 Evolved High Speed Packet Access (HSPA+)
5.2.4 TETRA
6. Major mobile operators
6.1 Vivacom
6.2 MobilTel/M-Tel
6.3 Telenor Bulgaria (Cosmo Bulgaria Mobile/GloBul)
6.4 Mobile content and applications
6.4.1 M-commerce (micropayments)
6.4.2 Mobile TV
7. Related reports

List of Tables

Table 1 Mobile network coverage by operator 2015
Table 2 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration 1995 - 2009
Table 3 Mobile subscribers and penetration 2010 - 2017
Table 4 Mobile base stations in service by technology 2012 - 2015
Table 5 Mobile sector revenue 2009 - 2017
Table 6 Proportion of mobile revenue by service 2010 - 2015
Table 7 Mobile market share of subscribers by operator 2006 - 2015
Table 8 Mobile market share of revenue by operator 2007- 2015
Table 9 Mobile market revenue share by service 2008 - 2015
Table 10 Ratio of prepaid to postpaid subscribers 2002 - 2015
Table 11 MobilTel prepaid subscribers 2004 - 2016
Table 12 Total SMS messages sent 2003 - 2017
Table 13 Total MMS messages sent 2003 - 2017
Table 14 Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2009 - 2015
Table 15 MobilTel mobile broadband subscribers 2008 - 2016
Table 16 Annual mobile number portings 2008 - 2015
Table 17 European roaming charges 2007 2016
Table 18 European data roaming charges 2014 - 2017
Table 19 MTRs 2014 - 2016
Table 20 Vivacom mobile subscribers 2012 - 2016
Table 21 Vivacom mobile revenue 2009 - 2016
Table 22 MobilTel financial data 2005 - 2016
Table 23 MobilTel prepaid, postpaid and blended monthly ARPU 2004 - 2016
Table 24 MobilTel mobile subscribers 2007 - 2016
Table 25 MobilTel Minutes of Use (MOU) 2007 - 2016
Table 26 Historic - Telenor Bulgaria financial data () 2009 - 2013
Table 27 Historic - Telenor Bulgaria mobile services revenue () 2011 - 2013
Table 28 Telenor Bulgaria financial data (NOK) 2013 - 2016
Table 29 Telenor Bulgaria subscribers 2007 - 2016

List of Charts

Chart 1 Mobile subscribers and penetration 2002 - 2017
Chart 2 Mobile market share of subscribers by operator 2006 - 2015
Chart 3 Mobile market revenue share by service 2008 2015
Chart 4 MobilTel financial data 2005 - 2016
Chart 5 MobilTel prepaid, postpaid and blended monthly ARPU 2004 - 2016
Chart 6 Telenor Bulgaria financial data (NOK) 2013 2016
Chart 7 Telenor Bulgaria subscribers 2007 2016

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