Mapping broadband coverage in Bulgaria

Broadband Coverage in Europe in 2011 - key results for Bulgaria

One of the European Union’s most ambitious targets is to make sure that all its citizens can get access to superfast broadband at home, if they choose, by 2020. A new study by broadband specialists Point Topic shows Bulgaria is now over 71% towards achieving that aim.

Download report – Broadband Coverage in Europe in 2011 – Bulgaria

National coverage by broadband technology – Bulgaria

Bulgaria broadband coverage by technology combination - BCE 2011

Bulgaria broadband coverage by technology combination – BCE 2011

Bulgaria is making up for the limitations of its legacy networks by jumping ahead to next-generation broadband solutions.  As a result although it has below average standard coverage, it is sixth Europe-wide for NGA coverage with 71.4%.  It is also well above average in HSPA coverage, both Total and Rural.

The technology profile shows that the NGA advantage is achieved with the fourth highest rollout of FTTP in Europe, 44.2%, and an upgraded cable network covering 56.2% of the country.  WiMAX plays an average role and VDSL and LTE have yet to appear.

Bulgaria superfast broadband coverage map

Bulgaria superfast broadband coverage map

Bulgaria has the smallest percentage of rural homes of any of the Balkan countries in the study, at 17.2%, and they are not as yet well served by fixed broadband services.  Rural coverage of all these technologies is below average, except for FTTP, which although providing only 1.2% rural coverage is ahead of the very modest Europe-wide figure of 0.9%.  HSPA does fill some of the gap, on 88% against a European rural average of 79%.

NGA broadband maps for Bulgaria

Bulgaria has variable broadband coverage with a different pattern from that familiar in Western Europe.  The areas which lead in TSC tend to be behind in NGA coverage, and vice versa.  Sofia, the capital, for example, is behind the leading areas for standard coverage, at 95%, but is first in the country for NGA with 90%.

Tourist areas such as the coastal provinces are among those with 100% standard broadband coverage.  Most provinces have between 80% and 94%.  Those in north-west Bulgaria are the lowest, ranging from around 80% down to below 65%.

With NGA the pattern is reversed.  Most of the country has over 65% coverage but the more rural areas range below that with mountainous areas in the south of the country for example below 20%.  The only province found with 0% NGA coverage was Vidin in the far north-west.

Data tables for Bulgaria

Demographics

Statistic National
Population 7,640,238
Persons per household 2.4
Rural proportion 12.7%

Coverage by technology

Technology Total Rural
DSL 84.8% 23.5%
VDSL 0.0% 0.0%
FTTP 44.2% 1.2%
WiMAX 16.9% 9.6%
Standard cable 56.2% 6.9%
Docsis 3 cable 56.2% 6.9%
HSPA 98.0% 88.3%
LTE 0.0% 0.0%
Satellite 100.0% 100.0%
Standard Combination 91.5% 32.8%
NGA Combination 71.4% 7.8%

Find out more

Point Topic maps broadband coverage in every square kilometre across Europe. For more details, please visit the Broadband Competition Map of Europe page or contact Tim Johnson at tim.johnson@point-topic.com or telephone +44(0)20 3301 3303.

 

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