Last update: 25.03.2020 - older versions

At the end of 2018 a draft Regulatory Policy for the Administration of radio frequency spectrum was published for public consultation. The draft policy provides for the establishment of a working party to draft an official document reflecting the national policy regarding digital radio broadcasting.

This working party shall include representatives from the two main Bulgarian regulatory bodies – the Council for Electronic Media (the authority that issues licenses for the production of radio and TV programs which are broadcast terrestrially and monitors the content of all Bulgarian radio and TV programs) and the Communications Regulation Commission (issuing permissions for the use of specified radio spectrum and monitoring its use).  Read more here

In May 2017, ET DIP TRADING was awarded a trial license by the Communications Regulation Commission (CRC) to transmit DAB/DAB+ digital radio in the territory of Sofia. More information (see licensing protocol 17 and decision number 5 inside the document).

On 20 March 2020 Digital audio Bulgaria LTD started a DAB+ trial in the capital city Sofia. More information is available here


Last update: 14.08.2017 - older versions

Future coverage of DAB+ digital radio in Sofia. More information at http://dab.bg/покритие/.

Last update: 22.08.2019 - older versions

Over 450 different devices in various price ranges from 20 Bulgarian lev are available in specialised shops and commercial chains.

Last update: 29.01.2019 - older versions

At the end of 2018 a draft Regulatory Policy for the Administration of radio frequency spectrum was published for public consultation.  According to the draft Policy the Communications Regulation Commission has the capacity to issue DAB+ licences however as yet no licences have been issued. 

The draft Regulatory Policy notes: “The specification of the T-DAB / T-DAB + technology, as well as the T-DAB / T-DAB + facilities have been developed and approved by ETSI / EBU8 / CENELEC9, based on proposals from the WorldDAB Forum”.

The draft regulatory policy is available to download here (in Bulgarian).

New DAB+ trial launches in Bulgaria
24.03.2020 - Bulgaria Bulgaria
A new DAB+ trial has gone on air in Bulgaria's capital, Sofia. Launched on 20 March 2020, the trial is operated by Digital Audio Bulgaria.

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Bulgaria consults on DAB+ authorisations
19.07.2018 - Bulgaria Bulgaria
Bulgaria's Communications Regulation Commission (CRС) has launched a public consultation procedure on the draft CRC position regarding issuing DAB+ licences to broadcasters in the country.

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Bulgaria consults on DAB+ authorisations
18.07.2018 - Bulgaria Bulgaria
Bulgaria's Communications Regulation Commission (CRС) has launched a public consultation procedure on the draft CRC position regarding the issuance of DAB+ licences.

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Bulgarian Communications Regulation Commission announces DAB+ consultation
18.07.2018 - Bulgaria Bulgaria
The Bulgarian Communications Regulation Commission has announced it will work with the country’s Council for Electronic Media (CEM) to form an official policy document concerning the adoption of DAB+ digital radio. This is to address ongoing requests by Bulgarian broadcasters for the authorisation of DAB+ to meet additional spectrum demands.

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Opel Insignia - a debut for the next generation of infotainment systems
12.06.2018 - Bulgaria Bulgaria
Whether it's connectivity through traditional methods and technologies such as Bluetooth and USB, or the latest smartphone integration capabilities through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Insignia's new infotainment systems deepen the leading position of the Opel brand in the area of ​​communication connectivity and vehicle infotainment. In addition to the AM/FM radio set, the systems also offer the highest sound quality through the reception of DAB+ radios and the ability to simultaneously pair up to two smartphones.

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Bulgaria launches DAB+ trial multiplex
04.05.2018 - Bulgaria Bulgaria
On May 1st BORT (Bulgarian Operators Radio and Television) and ET DIP Trading launched a DAB+ trial multiplex which will last for six months. The transmitter will cover the capital Sofia and surrounding area. The multiplex will contain 16 radio stations not currently available on analogue.

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Norway becomes the first country in the world to completely switch off its FM radios
14.12.2017 - Bulgaria Bulgaria
The switchover was completed when many of Norway’s most remote regions had their digital signals switched on, allowing the government to order that the traditional signal must be switched off. Even the Svalbard archipelago in the Arctic has now been moved over to DAB.

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DAB+ trial license granted for Bulgaria
24.05.2017 - Bulgaria Bulgaria
DAB+ will be making its way to Bulgaria, as EF DIP Treiding has been awarded a trial license to transmit DAB+ digital radio in the territory of Sofia. The license was issued by the Communications Regulation Commission.

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First meeting on digital broadcasting
02.03.2017 - Bulgaria Bulgaria
The Council for Electronic Media (CEM) together with the Communications Regulation Commission (CRC) held consultations with representatives of the Bulgarian National Radio (BNR), the Association of Bulgarian Broadcasters (ABRO) and FOCUS Radio in March 2017. The attitudes for future digital broadcasting in Bulgaria were discussed during the meeting.

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Deutschlandfunk and Deutschlandradio Kultur to launch on DAB+
02.12.2016 - Bulgaria Bulgaria
The German national public broadcasters Deutschlandfunk and Deutschlandradio Kultur will disappear from longwave at the end of 2016. The money saved will be invested in digital terrestrial radio (DAB+).

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Key Information

Status: trial and/or regulation
Population: 7.0 million
Last update: 18.02.2020

Useful Links

BORT (Bulgarian operators Radio and TV)
Communicatons Regulation Commission
Public discussion procedure for digital radio