The Communications Regulation Commission (CRC) has published Decision No. 195 (03/2013) on the analysis of the market for access to the public telephone network for residential and business customers and the market for publicly available national and international telephone services to residential and business customers in a specific location. The document reflects the result of a public consultation with stakeholders and takes into account the opinion of the Commission for Protection of Competition and recommendations made by the European Commission (EC). According to the CRC publication, the analysed markets are now subject to ex-ante regulation as the significant market presence of Vivacom (former Bulgarian Telecommunication Company) hinders effective competition.
With the decision the Bulgarian telecom regulator has continued the current imposition of Vivacom’s duty to provide wholesale access to, and the utilisation of, the public telephone network to interested parties at prices that can encourage competition and the entry of other companies in the relevant market. The company is also obliged to provide access to the public telephone network to end users as a standalone service at prices that are above the cost of their provision. The CRC stated that the regulatory measures are immediately enforceable.