Bulgaria - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses
Bulgaria has a rapidly developing mobile market, with effective competition provided by Telekom Austria’s MobilTel, Telenor Bulgaria and the incumbent Vivacom. A new entrant, Max Telecom (often known simply as MAX), provides additional competition though the company has been in financial difficulty and has only a small market presence. Competition among network operators has intensified following the recent implementation of a streamlined mobile number portability process.
Some changes are expected in the market further into 2018, with the prospect of the country’s first MVNO offering services. In addition, Telenor Group agreed to sell its operations in Central and Eastern Europe, including its GloBul unit in Bulgaria, as part of an effort to concentrate on its Scandinavian and Asian businesses.
The regulator has responded to the paucity of available spectrum by providing a number of trial licences, and in late 2017 it opened a consultation regarding the allocation of an additional 580MHz of spectrum in several bands.
This report presents an overview of Bulgaria’s mobile market, including a variety of statistics and analyses covering the major operators, market developments and services offered.
ISPs and pay-TV providers combine to form Bulgaria’s first MVNO;
Telenor sells its GloBul mobile unit;
MobilTel trials 5G;
Regulator proposes auction of up to 580MHz of additional spectrum;
Vivacom extends the reach of its LTE-A service;
Telenor Bulgaria trails LTE-A CA technology using temporary licenses;
Telekom Austria rebrands MobilTel as A1 Bulgaria;
Regulator awards additional spectrum in the 1800MHz band for LTE use;
MobilTel completes merger with Blizoo;
Regulator’s tender for spectrum in the 2.5-2.6GHz band fails to find bidders;
MNP takes off under new regulatory measures;
Report update includes the regulator’s market data for 2016, telcos’ operating and financial data to Q1 2018, recent market developments.
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