BULGARIA MOBILE OPERATORS AND THEIR MARKET SHARE:
BULGARIA OPERATORS IN FIXED TELEPHONY:
Bulgarian Telecommunications Company
Orbitel (Deutsche Telekom)
Nexcom Bulgaria (Nexcom)
Virtual Mobile Network Operators
Petrol Mobile - Petrol AD
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Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators
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.
Fixed Broadband, Digital Economy and Digital Media
The 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 has increased slightly in recent years, the DSL sector is losing market share as a result of customers being migrated to fibre networks. Operators including Vivacom and Cooolbox now provide gigabit services, with Vivacom’s fibre infrastructure covering about 1.07 million premises by September 2016.