Bulgaria

Last update: 06-08-2018 - older versions

In July 2018, the Bulgarian Communications Regulation Commission (CRC) announced it will work with the country’s Council for Electronic Media (CEM) to form an official policy document concerning the adoption of DAB+ and launched a public consultation procedure on the draft CRC position regarding issuing DAB+ licences to broadcasters in the country. 

ET DIP TRADING has been 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).

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.

The following links are from the meeting with the local radio groups and the regulator.

http://www.cem.bg/displaynewsbg/468
http://www.cem.bg/activitybg/1687
http://www.cem.bg/infobg/270

The public discussion procedure for digital radio is available at http://www.crc.bg/section.php?id=2192.

The current status of CRC is to explore European licensing practices, information is available at http://www.crc.bg/section.php?id=2246&lang=bg.

Last update: 14-08-2017 - older versions

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

Last update: 19-12-2016

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

Last update: 19-07-2018 - older versions

In July 2017 The Bulgarian Communications Regulation Commission (CRC) 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. An inter-ministerial working group has been created with representatives of CRC and CEM, to work on preparing an official document and state policy.

The aim of the process is to ensure efficient use of radio spectrum and to create the conditions for a competitive broadcast industry. The process also aims to evaluate the social and economic benefits of launching digital services.

The first aspect will involve testing the operation of a DAB+ network, with the second evaluating the quality of transmissions compared to analogue. The process will address the lack of licensed content and long-term strategy for digital radio in Bulgaria.  

The exact distribution of DAB+ frequencies will depend on the type and quality of networks, whether national, regional or local.

Interested parties have until July 25 to submit their comments.

More information

CRC Mission
The Communications Regulation Commission (CRC) implements the state sector policy in the field of telecommunications and postal services. CRC is a specialized independent state authority, entrusted with the functions of regulation and control over the carrying out of the electronic communications. In the context of equity and transparency and in compliance with the Bulgarian legislation, CRC strives to promote the competition of the telecommunications markets in the country. The national regulator proceeds, aiming at the increase of the sector investments, the new communications technologies’ development and the protection of the end-users in Bulgaria.

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.
From Telecompaper:

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.
From Novinite.com:

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.
From Bulgaria Communications Regulation Commission:

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.
From Sportal:

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.
From BORT:

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.
From Novinite.com:

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.
From Radio World:

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.
From Council for Electronic Media (CEM):

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+).
From Bulgarian DX blog:

Harris Corporation Addresses Key Broadcast Challenges With Latest ...
15.09.2008 - Bulgaria - Bulgaria
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (IBC2008, Stand 7.G20) — Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, ...
From PR-USA.net (press release), Bulgaria:

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Key Information

Status: trial and/or regulation
Population: 7.2 million
Population coverage: Sparkline Graph 24%
Last update: 03.05.2018

Useful Links

BORT (Bulgarian operators Radio and TV)
dab.bg/
Communicatons Regulation Commission
Public discussion procedure for digital radio
www.crc.bg/section.php?id=2208