"Bulgaria Telecommunications Report Q3 2015" now available at Fast Market Research

From: Fast Market Research, Inc.
Published: Fri May 29 2015

Subscription growth volatility in Bulgaria's mobile market is due to saturation and the accrual of inactive SIM cards by operators as a result of intense price-driven promotional exercises. Usage of non-voice services is on the rise, but is far from strong enough to offset falling core voice and messaging revenues as well as the impact of reduced mobile termination rates. A fourth operator is expected to enter the market soon, but we see scant opportunities for the newcomer and question the wisdom of infrastructure-led investments in a market that sorely needs innovation in services .

Key Data

* Mobile subscriptions increased by 3.2% y-o-y to 11.021mn in Q115. The robust annual growth masks strong seasonal fluctuations and we believe operators retain large numbers of inactive accounts.
* Market blended ARPU at EUR7.8 in Q115 was down slightly year-on-year as operators put greater emphasis on the marketing of low-cost prepaid plans.
* The fixed-line market contracted by 2.1% in 2014, with 2.105mn wireline voice accesses in service.

Full Report Details at
- http://www.fastmr.com/prod/1001039_bulgaria_telecommunications.aspx?afid=301

Key Trends And Developments

In late March 2015, it was reported that the LIC 33 group had agreed to acquire a majority stake in incumbent Vivacom. Bulgarian businessman Tzvetan Vasilev reportedly exited Vivacom as the new investor agreed to refinance all debts owed to banks estimated at about EUR900mn. The LIC 33 group had begun refinancing Vivacom's debt in order to improve the operator's business, it was said. The transaction, which required the approval of regulatory authorities, had not been confirmed at the time of writing.

The Bulgaria Telecommunications Report features BMI Research's independent industry forecasts on the future strength of Bulgaria's ICT market, covering the fixed-line, mobile and internet segments and analyses latest regulatory developments and corporate news, including investment activity, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and partnerships. Leading operators and manufacturers are fully profiled, highlighting their quarterly financial performance, capital expenditure plans and latest contracts.

BMI's Bulgaria Telecommunications Report provides industry professionals and researchers, operators, equipment suppliers and vendors, corporate and financial services analysts and regulatory bodies with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the telecoms industry in Bulgaria.

Key Benefits

* Benchmark BMI's independent telecoms industry forecasts for Bulgaria to test other views - a key input for successful budgeting and strategic business planning in the Bulgarian telecoms market.
* Target business opportunities and risks in Bulgaria's telecoms sector through our reviews of latest industry trends, regulatory changes and major deals, projects and investments in Bulgaria.

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