Bulgaria - Fixed Broadband Market- Statistics and Analyses
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.
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
Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
Other fixed broadband services
World Interoperability for Microwave Access (WiMAX)
Appendix – Historic data
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
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