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Bulgaria - Shared Short Code Requirements and Restrictions

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The regulations in Bulgaria caters and covers all of the Mobile Payment types, that include Premium SMS BillingStandard Rate Services and Short Codes.


Regulator

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The Regulatory Authority for telecommunication in Bulgaria is the Communications Regulation Commission (CRC).  The CRC implements the state sector policy in the field of telecommunications and postal services. CRC is a specialized independent state authority, entrusted with the functions of regulation and control over the carrying out of the electronic communications. In the context of equity and transparency and in compliance with the Bulgarian legislation, CRC strives to promote the competition of the telecommunications markets in the country. The national regulator proceeds, aiming at the increase of the sector investments, the new communications technologies’ development and the protection of the end-users in Bulgaria.

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Carriers

mtel_logo.pngMobiltel - Network name in txtNations system: MOBILTEL-BG

 

Mobiltel, commonly known as M-Tel, is the first and largest GSM mobile phone operator in Bulgaria. M-Tel was founded in March 1994 by Mr. Krassimir Stoitcheff but was not launched commercially until September 1995 (as Citron). In 2001 M-Tel launched its pre payment sim cards which allow customers to purchase credits prior to calling friends, this was a great success and saw the amount of customers using their network increase dramatically. The company had a market share of about 58% and 3,000,000 clients in September 2004. On 14 September 2006 M-Tel reached 4,000,000 clients. As of May 2006 the company has 4,400,000 subscribers and its market share fell to 51,1%. Its contract customers increased to 1,7 mln, while the profit per customer dropped to 9,9 euro for Q1 2007. 

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Telenor - Network name in txtNations system: GLOBUL-BG

 

The company was founded in 2001 by telecommunications corporation OTE group, from 2005 to 2013 it was part of the Cosmote brand line of the group, since August 2013, is 100% owned by Norwegian telecommunications corporation Telenor which acquired it from OTE in for EUR 717 million.[1][2]

At the end of 2012, Globul reported 4.5 million subscribers (up from 3.9 million in March 2011), with 36% subscriber market share. As of 2012, Globul had about 62% contract subscribers, about 38% prepaid subscribers, and abound 220,000 fixed-line subscribers.[3]

Globul changed its company logo in June 2006 to unify it with the Cosmote brand.

Second rebranding started on 16 October 2014 after Telenor's acquisition. Globul has been using Telenor's name since November 2014.

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Market Statistics

 

Summary

Periodic declines in subscriber numbers have become a feature of the Bulgarian mobile market with negative growth in four of the past eight quarters throughout 2009 and 2010. BMI believes that mobile customer bases are reflecting the impact of compulsory SIM card registration. Going forward, BMIexpects compulsory SIM registration will continue to negatively impact the sector in 2011. There will therefore, be another year of weak growth with new customer additions being balanced by furtherdeactivations. However, just as growth in the overall subscriber base stagnates and even declines, Bulgaria’s mobile operators will continue to focus on expanding postpaid subscriber segments and developing high-speed mobile data services.

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People
Nationality: noun: Bulgarian(s) adjective: Bulgarian 
Population: 7,093,635 (July 2011 est.)
Annual growth rate: -0.781% (2011 est.)
Languages: Bulgarian (official) 84.5%, Turkish 9.6%, Roma 4.1%, other and unspecified 1.8% (2001 census) 
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Geography
Area: Total: 110,879 sq km. Land: 108,489 sq km. Water: 2,390 sq km 
Cities: SOFIA (capital) 1.192 million (2009)
Terrain: mostly mountains with lowlands in north and southeast
Climate: temperate; cold, damp winters; hot, dry summers

 

 

Government
Type: Parliamentary Democracy
Independence: 3 March 1878 (as an autonomous principality within the Ottoman Empire); 22 September 1908 (complete independence from the Ottoman Empire)
Constitution: adopted 12 July 1991
Branches: chief of state: President Georgi PARVANOV ; Vice President Angel MARIN; head of government: Prime Minister Boyko BORISSOV; Deputy Prime Ministers Simeon DJANKOV and Tsvetan TSVETANOV; cabinet: Council of Ministers nominated by the prime minister and elected by the National Assembly 
Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal

 

 

Economy
GDP: $96.78 billion (2010 est.)
Annual growth rate: 0.2% (2010 est.)
Per capita GDP: $13,500 (2010 est.)
Natural resources: bauxite, copper, lead, zinc, coal, timber, arable land
Agriculture: vegetables, fruits, tobacco, wine, wheat, barley, sunflowers, sugar beets; livestock
Industry: electricity, gas, water; food, beverages, tobacco; machinery and equipment, base metals, chemical products, coke, refined petroleum, nuclear fuel
Trade: Exports - Germany 11.21%, Greece 9.43%, Italy 9.24%, Romania 8.52%, Turkey 7.33%, Belgium 5.61%, France 4.44% (2009) Imports - Russia 13.4%, Germany 12.2%, Italy 7.7%, Greece 6.1%, Romania 5.6%, Turkey 5.4%, Ukraine 4.8%, Austria 4.1% (2009)

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Market Growth

General Region↓ Total number of Internet users (thousands)↓ Internet Users per 100 inhab↓ Total population (thousands)↓ GDP per capita↓ GDP total (thousands)↓ Mobile Subscribers per 100 inhab.↓ Total number of mobile subscribers (thousands)↓
Europe 3395 44.8 7,585  8840.61701    140.0 10617
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Currency

The lev (Bulgarian: лев, plural: лева, левове / levs, levove) is the currency of Bulgaria. It is divided in 100 stotinki (стотинки, singular:stotinka, стотинка). In archaic Bulgarian the word "lev" meant "lion". Bulgaria, as a member of the European Union will adopt the Euro in 2013-2014.

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Further Information 

For a detailed summary of the communications market in Bulgaria please see http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/policy/ecomm/library/communications_reports/annualreports/15th/index_en.htm for more information.

 

 

Approval Process

As part of the application process for a Bulgarian short code you will need to complete a txtNation Customer Care Form (CCF). It typically takes 1 week to get service approval form feedback and roughly 1 week to get live once your CCF has been approved as well.

 

 

Promotional Guidelines

There are currently no official Regulation Document for Bulgaria. However your CCF will be evaluated to ensure your service is delivering value for money and is honest and fair. 

For information regarding restrictions and requirements for young people please see the National Impementation Report regarding The Bulgarian Code of Conduct on Safer Mobile use by Children and Younger Teenager.

 

 

Message Flow Requirements

There are currently no official Regulation Document for Bulgaria. However you CCF will be evaluated to ensure your service is delivering value for money and is honest and fair. 

 

For information regarding restrictions and requirements for young people please see the National Impementation Report regarding The Bulgarian Code of Conduct on Safer Mobile use by Children and Younger Teenager.

 

 

Service Types

There are currently no official Regulation Document for Bulgaria. However you CCF will be evaluated to ensure your service is delivering value for money and is honest and fair. 

For information regarding restrictions and requirements for young people please see the National Impementation Report regarding The Bulgarian Code of Conduct on Safer Mobile use by Children and Younger Teenager.

 

 

Billing Types

We operate on Mobile Originated (MO) billed line on dedicated lines in Bulgaria. See forum entry "What are the SMS billing types available?" for more information on these billing types.

 

 

Available Tariffs

The current available tariffs in Bulgaria at the time of writing on our shared codes is:

BGN 0.30, BGN 0.60, BGN 1.20, BGN 2.40, BGN 4.80

For a more up to date list of tariffs please speak to your account manager.

 

 

Opt-in Process

- Standard rate shortcodes are not available on our premium codes in Bulgaria, however speak to your account manager for information regarding running a standard rate campaign, opting users in via a longcode. 

- Premium transactional services require a single opt-in. (SMS-O)

- You can opt-in via the web with an MO response. (WO-RAR)

- PIN opt-in is not available in Bulgaria.

 

 

Short Codes and Keywords

On our dedicated code in Bulgaria, we operate on a 4 digit shortcode for each carrier, 19XX.  The full short code is provided on application. Adult is not possible on shared short codes in Bulgaria.

 

 

Frequency and Amounts

There are no specific spending limits set in Bulgaria at the time of writing, however your CCF will be evaluated to ensure your service is delivering value for money and is honest and fair.

 

 

Tax

The current Bulgarian rate of tax is available via Wikipedia. The out-payments on our rate cards are exclusive of VAT, so if you are VAT registered you can claim a higher outpayment than is shown.

 

 

Dedicated Codes 

Dedicated codes are not available in Bulgaria. Shared Short codes have a 2 - 3 week lead time depending on carrier availability, the carriers approve based on their backlog, the time of year, price point and service type. You can read more about Short Code Coverage, SMS Billing Services and Mobile Payments in Bulgaria via the txtNation Gateway.

 

 

Bulgaria has the following Mobile Payment options available, all of which fall under these regulations.

  • Premium SMS (P-SMS) including Short Code services

 


Additional options for Mobile Payments and Messaging in Bulgaria include:

  • HLR Lookup
  • Bulk SMS
 
 
Note: This page is updated as frequently as possible when we are informed from the regulators or mobile operators in Bulgaria of a change or update in regulations. There may be a latest version of Premium SMS, Mobile Payments or Short Code Regulations in Bulgaria. Please contact your account manager for more information.

 

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