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22.10.2010 9:13
Globul calls for liberalization of the fixed and broadband markets in Bulgaria
The liberalization of the national telecommunication market and creating an actual competitive environment are key factors for establishing an integrated European market

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The Bulgarian telecom Globul called for liberalization of the fixed voice services market and appealed for equal terms in the further development of the broadband segment in the country during a round table on the topic: ‘Competition on the telecommunications market and future of the broadband Internet’, organized by the Bulgarian News Agency.

During the discussion, Globul insisted that regulators should launch adequate measures, aimed at the development and regulation of the national broadband and fixed markets. At the moment Bulgaria is far behind other European countries in terms of broadband access development and boost of convergent services – the broadband penetration rate in the country is 13% compared to the average 24.8% rate in the EU, and the distribution of the converegence services within the country is only 1.16% up to January 2010. The low broadband penetration rate among the Bulgarian population is in contrast with the high mobile penetration rate.

“According to GLOBUL, the main obstacles to the development of the broadband market and the distribution of bundled services in Bulgaria are the lack of effective regulatory actions, as well as the continuing trend towards tolerating the incumbent operator”, GLOBUL Regulatory Department Manager Angelina Liakova said during the event.

The domination of the Bulgarian Telecommunication Company (BTC) on the fixed market and in the DSL broadband segment as well, creates preconditions for unfair competition and also impedes the attempts of the alternative operators to actively enter the broadband market under fair terms.

GLOBUL cannot agree with additional regulation of the mobile market, which is already highly competitive, at a time when there are serious failings in the regulation of the fixed and broadband markets. Therefore, GLOBUL insists that the Communications Regulation Commission (CRC) should prepare detailed analyses for the development of the two markets, taking into account the current economic conditions and applying all necessary regulatory actions in accordance with the existing European recommendations.

The liberalization of the national telecommunication market and creating an actual competitive environment are key factors for establishing an integrated European market which will offer all customers free access to broadband Internet and various bundled telecom services.

TAGS: Globul | telecommunications | liberalization | fixed | voice | broadband 

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