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Bulgaria excels in internet quality improvement

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Bulgaria excels in internet quality improvement

According to the annual research on the high speed internet connection quality, 62 out of 66 researched countries have improved the quality of their broadband services compared to last year.

The countries with the most significant quality improvement for the last year are South Korea (growth of 72%), Bulgaria (growth of 56%), Lithuania (55%), Sweden (38%) and Romania (34%).

The research also shows the broadening gap between the quality of internet services in the urban areas and in the countryside.

This year’s research sheds new light on the international leaders of broadband use, by combining data on the quality and spread of the internet services among citizens in each country.


  • Guy Manuel said:

    Greetings from Brazil!

    Can you provide us with the source of this annual research?

    Related links will also be appreciated.

  • admin said:

    Obviously, this article is somewhat old. However, there is a more recent information about the subject, which came out just a couple of weeks ago, in the third annual broadband study by CISCO systems and the Oxford university. A link to the article:

    The basic conclusion is that Bulgaria, while not topping the charts in terms of absolute numbers, is one of the countries with the most improvement in broadband quality compared to previous years, especially among it’s direct competitors in the group of the developing economies or as mentioned in the article: “topping the list of the Efficiency-driven economies”.

    I personally cannot complain at all about the Internet quality since a couple of years already. I live in one of the major bulgarian cities and have a cable Internet, but DSL Internet is available almost anywhere, even in small villages.

  • Guy Manuel said:

    Hi, here’s what I posted today in my blog, translated into English. Let us keep in touch!


    Guy Manuel

    In Brazil, do like the Bulgarians

    During the second round of Brazil’s 2010 elections, a theme that has gained notoriety, though with little significance in the debates, was that of the Bulgarian origin of then candidate, now president elected Dilma Rousseff.

    The web was crowded with fake information about her past, and this aroused my curiosity. Then I searched on Google for Bulgarian newspapers, including those who allegedly accused her of having been born in Bulgaria, potentially making her ineligible for a position reserved for Brazilian nationals. I even toyed with Google translator and posted on Twitter that Дилма Русеф – със силен мандат, но я смятат за “автопилота на Лула” via @ Dnevnik, on Monday after Dilma victory or Dilman Rousseff – with a strong mandate, but as “autopilot Lula” So far, pure fun, but at least it showed me that Google Translate is improving, although it may improve more .*

    Then I went to see the English edition of the Bulgaria Gazette and found a 2009 post that commented on the improvement of the quality of broadband Internet access there, coming close to South Korea and gaining from Lithuania, Sweden and Romania. Then I posted a comment on that site, requesting more information about the report that generated the news and its sources. Of course I gave a tweet suggesting that the next president should try to be informed on the subject, even before taking office, because -who knows- we could try to improve our domestic broadband services that nowadays leave many people angry with the quality while emptying pockets when paying invoices.

    Having made my point, I resumed my business as usual until I got a response from the administrator, the same day, saying the following:

    admin said:


    (follows your comments)…

    Cliking on the research link of Cisco / University of Oxford up, we see an increase “Internet applications of tomorrow”, such as high definition Internet TV and high quality video communications services (consumer telepresence) which are expected to become mainstream in just a few years time. These countries are: South Korea, Japan, Latvia, Sweden, Bulgaria, Finland, Romania, Lithuania, Netherlands, Hong Kong, Germany, Portugal, Denmark and Iceland. This is up from nine countries in 2009 and just one in 2008 (Japan). Nevertheless, Latvia, Bulgaria, Romania, and Lithuania have limited penetration rates compared to the others.

    It is worth taking a well-structured look at this study …

    To those who do not to justify our [Brazil’s] abscence in the list, there are plenty of arguments: None of the Bric Countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) are there and they have in common high [economic] growth, large geographical extents and huge populations. The same applies to the United States and Canada, except for the recent lack of growth of their [respective]economies.

    However, thinking 10, 20 years forward, I fear that our academic and political discussions, plus the [ongoing] initiatives to expand a Quixotic amount of broadband access, without focusing on delivering quality and speed in increasingly larger scales are nothing but background for a potential braking on this growth period that Brazil is experiencing.

    In a knowledge society, delivering affordable and quality broadband access is a basic prerequisite to success.

    One of the problems we have is that we always put ourselves in comparison with so-called developed nations, the so called “First World”.
    It may be, as Rousseff’s era approaching in January, we may learn from this friendly Eastern European country, which, with added reason by her family ties, we can call [Bulgaria] our sister country, and humbly learn the proper way.

    I will continue studying the issue of broadband in Bulgaria … What was merely an intellectual curiosity awoke in me the desire to understand more deeply what happens there.

    * A test I did was take the original text in Bulgarian, translate it into English and then move on to the Portuguese to finally return to Bulgarian. Result: input = output, unthinkable a year ago.

  • admin said:


    Regarding the Presidential elections in Brazil – I followed them in the media (not very closely, but nevertheless …) and noticed something very similar as we have it here in Bulgaria – there are “hits below the belt” between the opponents just as the elections are about to begin. Until then all is kept very quiet, so that the scandal bursts out at the right moment. However, as prooved in this case, the final outcome (i.e. elections result) is often a backfire at those, who started the whole thing, hoping to make easy gains out of if. Politics and politicians are just the same everywhere, I guess.

    Regarding the broadband penetration – a major factor is the cost for the consumer. I pay around 13USD/month for 15 Mbs, which is a reasonable price. There is a healthy level competition. Just a couple of years ago there were very few competitors in the field: the former state company BTC (Bulgarian Telecommunications Company) had something of a monopoly, since it was able to provide a reasonable Internet quality and speed with it’s aDSL (based on the existing phone network), but at exaggerated prices. The small LAN providers just could not deliver speed and acceptable quality.
    However, with the help of some legislative regulations and the development of optical lines, things have changed …

  • Guy Manuel said:

    Thanks for your feedback, and I am both frustrated with what we have here and extremely curious to learn what you have done in Bulgaria. It would be extremely relevant if Bulgarian representatives could address this issue during the visit of our President-elect, Ms. Dilma Rouseff to Bulgaria next December.

    To give you an idea, I pay here around USD 54/month for an internet connection with nominal speed of 6MBs. In the real world, that speed rarely exceeds 1MBs downstream.

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