How Will 5G Benefit Bulgaria?

5G is the fifth generation of global mobile networks, designed to operate faster and with greater reliability than its 4G predecessor. Another of the big benefits of 5G is its enhanced capacity, designed to better cope with the proliferation of smartphone and tablet devices across the globe.

Aside from the improvements in baseline performance, 5G will also create a host of new, exciting avenues such as super-fast mobile connectivity, rendering landline phones redundant and cementing the era of the Internet of Things (IoT). 5G networks have already been unveiled elsewhere in Europe, including the UK, but plans are already afoot for Bulgaria to test and then launch its own 5G network next year.

A1 Bulgarian (also known as Mobiltel) has kickstarted its first trials of 5G connectivity. The tech firm has launched its first base station housed in the capital, Sofia, at the National Palace of Culture. The firm has been supplied the necessary equipment and the 3.6GHz band by Nokia and the trial will commence for a minimum of six months. Should the trial go as planned, A1 Bulgaria plans to unveil commercial operations over its inaugural 5G network sometime next year.

Telenor is also planning on commencing 5G trials before the end of the year after the Communications Regulation Commission (CRC) agreed to grant 100MHz of spectrum in the 3440MHz-3540MHz band to Telenor, A1 Bulgarian and Vivacom. The possibilities that will be presented to the people and businesses of Bulgaria due to 5G technology are incredibly exciting.

Improved connectivity will enhance the accessibility of mobile apps for Bulgarians. Revenue generated by mobile gaming in Bulgaria is expected to reach $5 million this year, but the base of mobile gamers in the nation is forecast to expand by more than 20% year-on-year in 2019. The advent of 5G networks will almost certainly encourage more people to participate in all forms of mobile gaming.

This could also include the region’s burgeoning iGaming industry, with Bulgarians permitted to play their favorite casino games online at popular UK online casino operators and those with licences elsewhere in Europe, notably Malta. Bulgaria’s iGaming sector is a great example for many European nations to follow. Its government has taken an open but regulated approach to online casinos since the introduction of new legislation in 2012. There’s no doubt that having a regulated yet vibrant iGaming sector has been a huge boon for the Bulgarian economy, with iGaming operators required to pay a €50,000 licence fee up front, along with 20% tax on all gaming revenues.

Read More

World Bank Sets Balkan Growth Predictions

The World Bank said it has lifted its 2019 economic growth forecasts for five countries of Southeast Europe, while lowering predictions for...

Bulgarian Soldiers To Receive 10% Wage Rise

Minister Karakachanov congratulated the contingents for the Day of Courage, reported NOVA TV.   On the eve of the holiday...

Bulgarians To Spend 56% Of Monthly Salary During The Summer

Bulgarians are ready to spend 56% of their monthly salary for summer holidays, according to a study by Feratum Group. It examines...


Maxim Behar Wins Employer Of The Year Award

World-renowned PR expert Maxim Behar won the first place in the Employer Brand Leader of the Year category at the prestigious Employer Branding Awards competition organized by b2b...

Electricity Consumption Jumped 17% Due To Hot Weather

The heat of recent days has raised electricity consumption by between 7 and 17%, according to data from the Electricity System Operator....

Bulgaria’s PM Boyko Borissov: Tourist Season Will Start On 1st Of June

“The tourist season will likely start on 1 June,” Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said at a meeting with tourist businesses. Boyko Borissov...