Bulgarian cellcos introduce per-second billing

15 Apr 2014

Bulgarian wireless operators MobilTel (M-Tel), Cosmo Bulgaria (GloBul) and Vivacom each introduced new subscription plans incorporating per-second billing on 14 April, after telecoms regulator the Communications Regulation Commission (CRC) amended the general requirements for the provision of public electronic communications in January 2014. According to domestic newspaper Capital, the new plans – which are slightly more expensive and include less airtime – are only available to new subscribers and customers who have re-signed with their operator.

As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in January 2014 the CRC amended the general requirements for the provision of public electronic communications, to take effect in April 2014. According to a notice published in the Official Gazette, under the new regulations, network operators are required to offer at least two per-second subscription tariffs, after an initial 30-second call cycle. The new billing regime applies to all post-paid and pre-paid mobile and fixed telephony subscriptions; each subscriber is entitled to terminate their individual contract without penalty within one month of the introduction of any contract amendment.