Despite assigning over half a million fixed line numbers to start-up operators, Bulgaria’s Communications Regulations Commission (CRC) has reported that alternative telcos are yet to make significant gains on the incumbent Bulgarian Telecommunications Company (BTC), and controlled only between 3% and 4% of the market at the end of last year. The regulator added that BTC itself has continued to experience a moderate, steady fall in its fixed subscriber base (2.8 million at end-2004), and has been slow to build up its ADSL customer base, which stood at around 10,000 at the end of April 2005 despite introducing five new ADSL packages for residential and business users last November. CRC figures estimate the potential ADSL customer base as 200,000. The telecoms market was officially opened up to competition on 1 January 2005.
Elsewhere, the CRC said it is to grant five new national high speed wireless internet licences to interested operators.