Bulgaria Mobile Billing and Messaging Overview

Overview

Billing Type: MO

Subscriptions: No

Micropayments: Yes

Shared Price Points: 0.60 BGN, 2.40 BGN, 4.80 BGN

Dedicated Price Points: 0.25BGN - 5.00 BGN + higher points available on demand.

Regulator: Communications Regulation Commission (CRC)

Approvals/Fees Required: No

Country Info

Population: 7,101,859

Subscribers: 8,974,000

Mobile Penetration Rate: 62.44%

Average Individual Income: $32,862

VAT Rate: 20%

Withholding Tax: 9%

Network Information:

Carriers: Subscribers: Market Share:
M-Tel 4,101,000 44.75%
Globul 3,227,000 35.58%
Vivacom 3,135,000 19.67%

Regulations

Regulation Overview

Regulator: Communications Regulation Commission (CRC)

Regulator Website: http://www.crc.bg/

Code of Conduct: There are currently no specific regulatory documents available for Bulgaria.

Opt-in Possibilities

Web (PIN) Opt-in: No

WORAR (Requiring a Reply): Yes

Single MO Shortcode Opt-in: Yes

In-app Billing: Yes

Permitted Content

Adult Permissible: No   Chat only.

Mobile Gambling /mCasino (Real money): No

Sportsbook (Real money): No

Virtual Gambling (Virtual credit): Yes

Lottery (Real money): No

Competitions: Yes   Must be skill & time based.

Voting: Yes

Chat: Yes

Mobile Content: Yes

Info Messages: Yes

Alerts: No

Physical Goods: No

Charitable Services: No

Spend Limits

Subscriptions Limit: N/A

Daily Billing Limit: No specific limit set

Weekly Billing Limit: No specific limit set

Monthly Billing Limit: No specific limit set

Customer Care

Minimum Type Required: E-Mail (24hr Response)

Shared Exceptions

Shared Message Flow Requirements: There are currently no set Regulation documents at the time of writing.

Shared Opt-in Availability: There are currently no set Regulation documents at the time of writing.

Permitted Service Types: There are currently no set Regulation documents at the time of writing.

Adult Permissible?: No

Charitable Services: No

Microbilling: Yes

Subscriptions: No

Chat: No

Mobile Content: Yes

Info Messages: Yes

Calling Services: No

Lottery: No

Gambling Allowed?: No

Physical Goods: No

Competitions: Yes   Must be skill based. Random draw is not allowed.

Voting: Yes

Bikini Permissible?: No

Technology

Available Technologies

Premium MO SMS: Yes

Premium MT SMS: No

WAP Billing: No

Direct Operator Billing: No

MSISDN Forwarding: No

IVR Billing: Yes

Number Lookup (HLR): Yes

VSIM/Longcode: Yes

Bulk SMS: Yes

Push Messaging: Yes

Shortcodes

FreeText Shortcodes: No

Golden/Vanity Numbers Available?: No

Bulk Messaging

Alpha sender ID: Yes

Numeric sender ID: Yes

Alpha numeric sender ID: Yes

Shortcode sender ID: Yes

Sender IDs filtered: No

Handset Delivery reports: Yes

SMSC Delivery report: No

Binary: Yes

Concatenated Messages: Yes

Character Encoding: Yes   Full SMPP v3.4

Character Sets Supported: Yes   0×00(Default GSM encoding), 0×01(US-ASCII), 0×02(Binary), 0×03(ISO8859-1-Latin-1), 0×04(Binary), 0×08(UCS2/UTF-16BE)

Submit_multi: Yes

Maximum validity periods: 48 hours   Which is the recommended value.

Traffic type exclusions?: No exclusions other than no illegal services or content.