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Cluster for Digital Transformation and Innovation (ex name Bulgarian Cluster Telecommunications)

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Wednesday, 12 March, 2008
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
1-5
Regions: 
Югозападен (Yugozapaden)
Cluster Excellence Label: 
Bronze Label
Membership to European Strategic Cluster Partnerships (ESCP-4i or ESCP-S3): 
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
NameWebsite
Balkan, Black Sea and Baltic ICT Cluster Network (3B ICT)
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmail
Vladimir
Poulkov
Cluster Manager
+3594899744
chairman@btcluster.org
Krasimira
Shindarova
ECCP Responsible Person
+3594899744
office@btcluster.org
Languages spoken: 
Bulgarian
English
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Communications Equipment and Services
Information Technology and Analytical Instruments
Technology fields: 
Internet of Things
Broadband Technologies
S3 EU priority areas: 
High speed broadband: last mile networks (>30 Mbps)
Information service activities
Emerging industries: 
Digital Industries
Mobility Technologies
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
20
Number of SME members: 
19
Number of larger company members: 
1
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
1
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
NameWebsiteType
Technical University Sofia
University
Multiplex
SME
Smartcom
SME
International Power Supply
SME
Loren Networks
SME
Tinsa
SME
Haemimont
SME
E-Fellows
SME
Telelink Labs
SME
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

In July 2019 Bulgarian Cluster Telecommunications were re-named to Cluster for Digital Transformation and Innovation. 

The mission of the organization is to improve the competitiveness of Bulgarian SMEs working in the field of ICT & telecommunications by:

  • Achievement of higher degree of internationalisation and penetration on new markets
  • Cross-cluster, cross - industry and cross –border cooperation
  • Digital transformation and industrial modernisation
  • Improvement of the marketing strategies of the member companies
  • Implementation of processes management best practices

19 companies and Technical University of Sofia are partners in the cluster. The portfolio of the companies – members covers:

  • Design, development and maintenance of complex telecommunication networks;
  • Cyber security
  • Big data
  • Cloud computing
  • IoT
  • Telecom systems & networks for audio, voice, data transmission ;
  •  Installation and maintenance of telecom products;
  • Development and production of own telecommunication products;
  • Micro- and nanoelectronics;
  • Embedded systems;
  • Power supply devices and converters;
  • Security systems, access control and fire alarm systems;
  • Software products and applications;
  • Expertise in telecommunications in the railway transport
    Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
    Yes
    Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
    No
    Services
    Support services provided: 
    Internationalisation support (= Access to third countries markets)
    Access to public support (regional/national programmes, innovation vouchers, etc.)
    Facilitation of cross-sectorial cooperation
    Periodic Information dissemination
    Promotion of activities (marketing/ visibility)
    Cooperation Activities
    International Cooperation
    The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
    Azerbaijan
    Brazil
    Iraq
    Morocco
    Our cluster organisation undertook the following international activities to support our members: 
    Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
    Trans-national Cooperation
    The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
    Belgium
    France
    Germany
    Italy
    Turkey
    Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
    Support to collaborative activities/etc.
    Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
    Digital League
    Envipark Torino
    Canary Cluster for Transport and Logistics
    All cluster memebrs of 3B ICT Network
    Support Programmes
    Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
    European ProgrammesProject NameName & Description (Regional/National)
    CIP/COSME
    Other

    1. BCT Start

    2. MOVE - Moving the future

    1. Operational Programme "Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy" 2007-2013

    2. COS-CLUSTER-2014-3-03 – Cluster Go International, Strand 1

    Promotion
    Success Story / Achievements: 
    1. Cluster for Digital Transformation and Innovation is part of the Management Body of Intelligent Communication Infrastructures Lab (ICI Lab) which is part of Sofia Tech Park scientific complex - the first technological park in Bulgaria. ICI Lab will offer unique activities for all Balkans and Western Europe - research, development and testing of devices for the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS). The Lab includes two laboratory units for:
      • Testing of on-board computers - EVC (European Vital Computer);
      • Testing balises - BTM (Balise Transmission Module).
    2. Companies in the cluster have proven themselves as trustful partners delivering high quality services implementing number of national and international joint projects
      • "Building mobile sites for the needs of Bulgarian Telecommunication Company in Northern Bulgaria"
      • 3 projects for "Joint construction of DWDM submarine systems in the waters of the Mediterranean sea"
      • Cluster for Digital Transformationa and Innovation is a long term partner to National Railway Infrastructure Company and has accomplished several projects for ICT implementation and renovation of company infrastructure for railway transport:
        • Reconstruction and modernization of the railway line “Sofia – Dragoman”
        • Construction of telecommunication system along Danube Bridge Vidin –Calafat
        • Rehabilitation and modernization of the railway line “Kaspitchan - Varna”
        • Ongiong railway project “Cherven Bryag – Gorna Oryahovitsa - Ruse”
      • Implementation of projects for the Ministry of Defense in Bulgaria for the needs of military contingents in foreign countries
    3. Joint work of part ot the members in cluster cluster result in creation of joint product - system for control and security of cable lines "Mondis D+" 
    4. 8 members of the cluster established in 2019 a joint company - "Smart Nerworks" AD