Bulgaria - Fixed Broadband Market- Statistics and Analyses

Synopsis

The broadband market in Bulgaria benefits from excellent cross-platform competition, including services based on DSL, cable, fibre, WiMAX and LAN technologies. 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, particularly those operated by the incumbent telco Vivacom. By early 2019 about 65% of Vivacom’s fixed-line broadband subscribers were on fibre infrastructure.

The country has undertaken steps to develop an internet society encompassing commerce, health and government services.

This report provides an insight into Bulgaria’s fixed-line and fixed-wireless broadband sectors. It includes an overview of the technologies, major players, market developments and statistics as well as subscriber forecasts.

Key developments:

  • Cooolbox launches 1Gb/s FttP service;
  • New cableco association launched;
  • Government investment program for broadband in rural areas;
  • Vivacom’s FiberNet offer passes 1.18 million premises;
  • Report update includes the regulator’s market data for 2018, telcos’ operating and financial data to Q2 2019, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

A1 Bulgaria (MobilTel), Trans Telecom, Vivacom, Bulgarian Telecom and Television, Blizoo

Table of Contents

  • Introduction and statistical overview

    • Market analysis
    • Broadband statistics
  • Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks

  • Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks

  • Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP)

  • Other fixed broadband services

    • World Interoperability for Microwave Access (WiMAX)
    • Satellite broadband
  • Digital economy

    • E-government
    • E-health
  • Appendix – Historic data

  • Related reports


List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Share of fixed-line broadband subscribers by operator – 2017 – 2018
  • Table 2 – Change in fixed-line broadband market share by access type – 2009 – 2018
  • Table 3 – Increase in the total internet subscribers (fixed and mobile) and annual change – 2015 – 2018
  • Table 4 – Growth in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2024
  • Table 5 – Change in the proportion of fixed broadband subscribers by data speed – 2010- 2018
  • Table 6 – Growth in total /internet (retail and wholesale) revenue – 2008 – 2018
  • Table 7 – Retail and wholesale internet revenue – 2015 – 2017
  • Table 8 – Growth in the number of cable broadband subscribers – 2005 – 2018
  • Table 9 – Decline in the number of DSL subscribers – 2005 – 2018
  • Table 10 – Development of Vivacom’s broadband subscriber base – 2012 – 2019
  • Table 11 – Increase in the number of A1 Bulgaria’s fixed broadband subscribers –2011 - 2019
  • Table 12 – Increase in the number of Vivacom’s fibre broadband connections and homes passed – 2013 – 2018
  • Table 13 – Growth in the number of FttP subscribers – 2008 – 2018
  • Table 14 – Historic - Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration – 2005 – 2009

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 – Change in fixed-line broadband market share by access type – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 2 – Increase in the total internet subscribers (fixed and mobile) and annual change – 2015 – 2018
  • Chart 3 – Growth in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2024
  • Chart 4 – Change in the proportion of fixed broadband subscribers by data speed – 2010- 2018
  • Chart 5 – Growth in total /internet (retail and wholesale) revenue – 2008 – 2018
  • Chart 6 – Growth in the number of cable broadband subscribers – 2005 – 2018
  • Chart 7 – Decline in the number of DSL subscribers – 2005 – 2018
  • Chart 8 – Development of Vivacom’s broadband subscriber base – 2012 – 2019
  • Chart 9 – Increase in the number of A1 Bulgaria’s fixed broadband subscribers –2011 - 2019
  • Chart 10 – Increase in the number of Vivacom’s fibre broadband connections and homes passed – 2013 – 2018
  • Chart 11 – Growth in the number of FttP subscribers – 2008 – 2018

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Number of pages 36

Status Current

Last updated 14 Oct 2019
Update History

Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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