Slovenia - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses

Synopsis

Slovenia’s competitive mobile market has four mobile network operators and a small number of mobile virtual network operators, operating in a country with a potential market of just over two million people. With a relatively high mobile penetration rate, telcos have branched into offering both mobile and fixed-line services, aiming to retain customers through bundled products. This strategy saw the cableco Telemach acquire Tušmobil, and Si.mobil merge with Amis Telekom, with both of the latter being rebranded as A1 Slovenia in April 2017.

The regulator has addressed the need of mobile operators to be provided with more spectrum. In 2013 additional concessions were made available, while a significant multi-spectrum auction was held in 2014. An auction for left-over spectrum in the 1800MHz and 2100MHz bands was held in late 2016, with Telemach securing all three blocks on offer. Another auction for fixed-wireless broadband services using spectrum in the 3.5GHz, 10GHz and 12GHz bands will mainly be for the provision of fixed-wireless broadband services.

Mobile spectrum licenses have stipulated population coverage targets as well as the delivery of mobile broadband nationally, offering data of at least 10Mb/s.

This report offers analyses and statistics on the Slovenian mobile market, including updates on operators and regulatory measures.

Key developments:

  • A1 Slovenia trials carrier aggregation technology to provide data at up to 877.5Mb/s;
  • Regulator and Ministry of Public Administration initiate trials for 5G technologies;
  • Telemach secures remaining spectrum in the 1800MHz and 2100MHz bands, acquires the fibre network operator Maxtel;
  • Regulator opens consultation into auction of spectrum in the 3.5GHz, 10GHz and 12GHz bands;
  • Contract awarded to build a GSM-R network across the national railway network;
  • Report update includes the regulator’s market report to March 2019, telcos’ financial and operating data to Q2 2019, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

A1 Slovenia (Si.mobil), Mobitel, Telemach (Tušmobil), T-2, Debitel

Table of Contents

  • Market analysis

  • Mobile statistics

    • General statistics
    • Mobile voice services
    • Mobile data services
      • Short Message Service (SMS) / Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
    • Mobile broadband
  • Regulatory issues

    • Licensing
      • GSM licences
      • First 3G licence awarded
      • Tender for additional 3G licences
      • 1800MHz and 2100MHz
      • Multi-band spectrum auction – April 2014
      • Multi-band spectrum auction –3.5GHz, 10GHz, 12GHz
    • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
    • Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
    • Roaming
    • Mobile infrastructure
      • 5G developments
      • 4G (LTE)
      • 3G
      • 2G
    • Other infrastructure developments
      • M2M and internet-of-Things (IoT)
  • Major mobile operators

    • Telekom Solvenia
    • A1 Slovenia
    • Telemach Mobil
    • T-2
    • Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
      • Debitel
      • Voljamobil (IZI Mobil)
      • Amis Mobil
  • Mobile content and applications

  • Appendix – Historic data

  • Related reports


List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Mobile Termination Rates – 2007 – 2010; 2017
  • Table 2 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1997 – 2009

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 – Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2009 – 2024
  • Chart 2 – Operator market share by active subscribers – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 3 – Ratio of prepaid to postpaid subscribers – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 4 – A1 Slovenia prepaid subscribers – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 5 – Change in mobile voice traffic – 2005 – 2019
  • Chart 6 – Change in SMS message traffic – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 7 – Change in the number of MMS messages sent – 2007 – 2019
  • Chart 8 – Growth in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2024
  • Chart 9 – Share of mobile broadband subscribers by operator – 2012 – 2019
  • Chart 10 – Growth in mobile broadband traffic – 2014 – 2019
  • Chart 11 – A1 Slovenia mobile broadband subscribers – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 12 – Change in the number of mobile number portings – 2006 – 2018
  • Chart 13 – Change in the number of Telekom Slovenia mobile subscribers – 2008 – 2018
  • Chart 14 – Decline in A1 Slovenia’s prepaid, postpaid and blended monthly ARPU – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 15 – A1 Slovenia Minutes of Use (MOU) – 2007 – 2019
  • Chart 16 – A1 Slovenia subscribers – 2007 – 2019
  • Chart 17 – Increase in Telemach’s mobile subscriber base – 2015 – 2019
  • Chart 18 – Increase in T-2’s mobile subscriber base – 2015 – 2019

List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 1 – 2G spectrum awarded in Slovenia
  • Exhibit 2 – 4G spectrum results – 2014

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