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 only two million people. With high mobile penetration, telcos have branched into offering both mobile and fixed-line services so as to offer 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 is expected to be held later in 2017, mainly 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:

  • Three MNOs deemed to have met LTE coverage obligations;
  • A1 Slovenia trials carrier aggregation technology to provide data at up to 877.5Mb/s;
  • Regulator and Ministry of Public Administration initiate a number of trials for the use of 5G technologies;
  • Telemach secures remaining spectrum in the 1800MHz and 2100MHz bands, acquires the fibre network operator Maxtel;
  • MVNO IZI Mobil transfers subscribers to Telekom Slovenije;
  • 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 December 2017, telcos’ financial and operating data to Q1 2018, recent market developments.
  • Companies mentioned in this report:

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

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Market analysis
  • 3. Mobile statistics
    • 3.1 General statistics
    • 3.2 Mobile voice services
    • 3.3 Mobile data services
      • 3.3.1 Short Message Service (SMS) / Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
    • 3.4 Mobile broadband
  • 4. Regulatory issues
    • 4.1 Licensing
      • 4.1.1 GSM licences
      • 4.1.2 First 3G licence awarded
      • 4.1.3 Tender for additional 3G licences
      • 4.1.4 1800MHz and 2100MHz
      • 4.1.5 Multi-band spectrum auction – April 2014
      • 4.1.6 Multi-band spectrum auction –3.5GHz, 10GHz, 12GHz
    • 4.2 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
    • 4.3 Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
    • 4.4 Roaming
    • 4.5 Mobile infrastructure
      • 4.5.1 Digital
      • 4.5.2 GSM-R
      • 4.5.3 3G/UMTS
      • 4.5.4 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
      • 4.5.5 5G developments
    • 4.6 M2M and internet-of-Things (IoT)
  • 5. Major mobile operators
    • 5.1 Mobitel
    • 5.2 A1 Slovenia (Si.mobil)
    • 5.3 Telemach Mobil (Tušmobil)
    • 5.4 T-2
    • 5.5 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
      • 5.5.1 Debitel
      • 5.5.2 Voljamobil (IZI Mobil)
      • 5.5.3 Amis Mobil
  • 6. Mobile content and applications
  • 7. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1997 - 2009
  • Table 2 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 3 – Operator market share by active subscribers – 2009 - 2017
  • Table 4 – Ratio of prepaid to postpaid subscribers – 2000 - 2017
  • Table 5 – A1 Slovenia prepaid subscribers – 2004 - 2018
  • Table 6 – Mobile voice traffic per user – 2014 - 2018
  • Table 7 – Total SMS messages sent – 2005 - 2017
  • Table 8 – SMS sent per user – 2014 - 2018
  • Table 9 – Total MMS messages sent – 2007 - 2017
  • Table 10 – Share of mobile broadband subscribers by operator – 2012 - 2016
  • Table 11- Mobile broadband penetration and traffic per user – 2014 - 2016
  • Table 12- A1 Slovenia mobile broadband subscribers – 2009 - 2018
  • Table 13 – Mobile number portings – 2006 – 2017
  • Table 14 – Mobile Termination Rates – 2007 – 2010; 2017
  • Table 17 – Mobitel subscribers – 2008 - 2018
  • Table 18 – A1 Slovenia – 2004 – 2018
  • Table 19 – A1 Slovenia prepaid, postpaid and blended monthly ARPU – 2004 – 2018
  • Table 20 – A1 Slovenia Minutes of Use (MOU) – 2007 – 2018
  • Table 21 – A1 Slovenia subscribers – 2007 - 2018
  • Chart 1 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2003 – 2018
  • Chart 2 – Operator market share by active subscribers – 2009 – 2017
  • Chart 3 – Ratio of prepaid to postpaid subscribers – 2000 – 2017
  • Chart 4 – A1 Slovenia financial data – 2004 – 2018
  • Chart 5 – A1 Slovenia prepaid, postpaid and blended monthly ARPU – 2004 – 2018
  • Chart 6 – A1 Slovenia subscribers – 2007 – 2018
  • Exhibit 1 – 2G spectrum awarded in Slovenia
  • Exhibit 2 – 4G spectrum results – 2014

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