Bulgarian ISP EVO has chosen Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) to upgrade its existing network to fibre-to-the-home (FTTH). The three-year contract will see NSN supply and install Gigabit passive optical network (GPON) technology to boost the capacity of the ISP’s existing network. In addition NSN will provide customer premises equipment (CPE) to allow customers to connect to internet and IPTV as well as telephone services. Rosen Velikov, CEO of EVO said that the NSN deal offered ‘cost-efficient network expansion’ and guaranteed ‘reliable and high-quality data services to our subscribers’. The announcement follows that of rival operator Vivacom, which made public its plans to invest EUR600 million in fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) upgrades by 2014.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Bulgaria had 1.175 million broadband subscribers and 41.3% household penetration at the end of March 2011.