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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 and Black Sea ICT Clusters' Network
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: 
Broadband Technologies
Mobile Communications
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 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
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 
  • Formation of competitiveness of the cluster members and increase of the turnover of each of the companies
  • Support for the research and development (R&D) of the member companies for the production of innovative and competitive products;
  • Establishment of marketing and commercial activities on cluster level aiming at penetrating new markets
  • Support for the qualification and re-qualification of the personnel of the member companies
  • Creation of publicity and identity of the cluster.
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
Germany
Serbia
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Promotional Activities
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. BCT 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"
    • Bulgarian Cluster Telecommunications 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 BCT cluster result in creation of joint product - system for control and security of cable lines "Mondis D+"