Internet in Bulgaria
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Local area network (LAN) is the most common type of Internet access in Bulgaria. Over 60% of the consumers use this type of access because of the high speeds and good service. The biggest Internet service providers (ISPs) even offer fiber optic access, so-called fiber-to-building (FTTB). Another reason to choose this type of Internet access is the variety of services, which offer most of the ISPs : IPTV, VOIP, VOD. The biggest ISPs have networks in the following cities: Sofia, Plovdiv, Burgas, Varna, Veliko Tarnovo, Lovech, Ruse and Blagoevgrad.
Asymmetric digital subscriber line (ADSL) technology was introduced in Bulgaria after the privatization of the state monopoly Bulgarian Telecommunications Company (BTC) in 2004. Since then, availability has greatly increased and as of February 2006 it is offered in 140 towns and villages around the country. With the liberalization of the telecommunications market, it is expected that other companies currently offering broadband Internet by other means will begin offering ADSL in the near future.
As of December 31, 2006 the service is available to customers in 208 towns and villages.