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(Cosmo Bulgaria Mobile)
Type limited liability company
Industry mobile telecommunications
Founded 2001
Headquarters Sofia, Bulgaria
Key people Stein-Erik Vellan, CEO
Products mobile telephony, fixed telephony, Internet services
Revenue Decrease €377.6 million (2012) [1]
Employees 2,000 (December, 2012)
Parent Telenor (2013– ), OTE (2005-2013)
GloBul's former logo

Cosmo Bulgaria Mobile, operating under the GLOBUL brand(network code 284-05) is the second-largest Bulgarian GSM/UMTS operator, part of the Telenor Group.


The company was founded in 2001 by telecommunications corporation Cosmote, part of OTE group and, since August 2013, is 100% owned by Norwegian telecommunications corporation Telenor which acquired it from OTE in for EUR 717 million. [1]

At the end of 2012, GLOBUL reported 4.5 million subscribers (up from 3.9 million in March 2011), with 36% subscriber market share. [1] As of 2012, GLOBUL had about 62% contract subscribers, about 38% prepaid subscribers, and abound 220,000 fixed-line subscribers.[2]

GLOBUL changed its company logo in June 2006 to unify it with the Cosmote logo.


As of 2012, Globul's GSM network covers 99,98% of Bulgaria’s population and 99,48% of the country’s territory.[2] The company has roaming agreements with over 400 operators in more than 170 countries and territories worldwide.

In 2005, GLOBUL received a license for developing and implementing 3G UMTS mobile telecommunications network as well as a fixed telephony license. 3G services were launched in September 2006 and have since been upgraded to support HSPA+ with speeds of up to 42 Mbit/s download and 5.76 Mbit/s upload.[3] As of December 2012, GLOBUL's UMTS network covers 94,81% of the country's population.[2]

The GLOBUL network uses the access code 089. Until 2003, it used the codes 099 and 098, the latter having been added as the network had expanded. In mid-2003, however, mobile numbers in Bulgaria increased by one digit (by adding an initial -8-) and the GLOBUL network code changed to 089 only.

Alongside GLOBUL, OTE had also owned one of the two public telephone networks in the country – BulFon, which it sold back to BTC in 2005. [4][5]


In 2006, GLOBUL launched i-mode in Bulgaria. GLOBUL was the first operator worldwide to introduce Nokia i-mode handsets in September 2007. In 2007 GLOBUL launched BlackBerry, the service is accessible from the network of GLOBUL as well as from the roaming partners of GLOBUL. In March 2009, GLOBUL launched iPhone 3G in Bulgaria and four months later offered the new iPhone 3GS. In August 2010, offered iPhone 4. The mobile operator was the first in Bulgaria to propose an integrated solution for fixed and mobile telephony with the MVPN service, Office Zone and Student Zone.

In 2007 GLOBUL received a license for 802.16 point-to-multipoint network in the 26 GHz band. The company uses WiBAS technology for broadband wireless transmission in the major cities. [2] In 2009 GLOBUL started fast-speed broadband Internet services.[3]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b Telenor Acquires GLOBUL in Bulgaria, The Nordic Page, 27 Jun 2013. Retrieved 27 Jun 2013.
  2. ^ a b c GLOBUL In Facts, GLOBUL. Retrieved 31 Jul 2013.
  3. ^ 3G Service, GLOBUL. Retrieved 31 July 2013.
  4. ^ "Sistema" is buying "Intracom" (in Bulgarian – "Intracom" was OTE's subsidiary in Bulgaria), Dnevnik, 30 Jun 2006. Retrieved Mar 2013.
  5. ^ BulFon phonecard, Retrieved Mar 2013.