Slovenia - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

Publication Overview

This report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in Slovenia’s telecommunications market. The report analyses the mobile, internet, broadband, digital TV and converging media sectors. Subjects include:

  • Market and industry analyses, trends and developments;
  • Facts, figures and statistics;
  • Industry and regulatory issues;
  • Infrastructure developments;
  • Major Players, Revenues, Subscribers, ARPU, MoU;
  • Internet, VoIP, IPTV;
  • Mobile Voice and Data Markets;
  • Broadband (FttP, DSL, cable, wireless);
  • Convergence and Digital Media;
  • Mobile subscriber and ARPU forecasts;
  • Broadband market forecasts for selective years to 2022.
  • Government policies affecting the telecoms industry;
  • Market liberalisation and industry issues;
  • Telecoms operators – privatisation, IPOs, acquisitions, new licences;
  • Mobile technologies (GSM; 3G, HSPA, LTE, 5G).

Researcher:- Henry Lancaster
Current publication date:- August 2017 (16th Edition)

Executive Summary

Slovenia’s regulator and government initiate 5G trials

Slovenia’s fixed-line telecom market remains dominated by Telekom Slovenije. The company has endeavoured to address declining revenue by diversifying its business interests and lessening its reliance pure telecom services. In response to domestic competition the telco has also developed an international presence, focused predominantly on the Balkans region where it is becoming a regional provider of IT and multimedia services.

The broadband market continues to be dominated by a small number of players. Despite the launch of competing platforms, DSL remains the most popular access method though its market share is being eroded by the steady development of fibre-based networks, as well as by upgraded cable networks which offer data rates of up to 220Mb/s. The deployment of DOCSIS3.1 technology expected among cablcos from about 2018 will provide services of at least 1Gb/s, and so enable the operators to improve the delivery of bundled services.

Increased internet usage and activity has characterised an emerging internet society, comprised of e-government, e-commerce and e-health among other services. Digital TV availability is expanding via cable, IPTV, satellite and terrestrial free-to-air platforms, increasing competition and choice for end-users. Slovenia was among the first countries in Europe to switch from analogue to digital terrestrial broadcasting, and so has been able to make use of digital dividend spectrum for mobile broadband services.

The competitive mobile market has four mobile network operators and a small number of mobile virtual network operators. 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.

This report offers a variety of insightful statistics and a concise overview of Slovenia’s fixed-line telecoms market, covering the major players, regulatory measures and developments in fixed-line infrastructure. The report also offers analyses and statistics on the mobile market, including updates on operators and regulatory measures as well as developments relating to LTE and 5G. In addition, the report covers the fixed-line broadband market, including subscription forecasts to 2022 as well as an overview of the digital media sector, highlighting major players and industry developments.

Key developments:

  • Si.mobil and Amis Telekom rebranded as A1 Slovenia;
  • Alternative operator T-2 avoids bankruptcy proceedings;
  • Sharp rise in VoIP connections as PSTN declines;
  • Telecoms sector investment recovers from economic downturn;
  • Proportion of access lines on NGNs continues to grow;
  • CME sells POP TV;
  • Telemach acquires the ISP Maxtel;
  • Government broadband program targets extending FttP to 90% of the population by 2020;
  • Regulator determines that the three mobile licensees 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;
  • Regulator opens consultation into auction of spectrum in the 3.5GHz, 10GHz and 12GHz bands;
  • Report update includes the regulator’s market report to December 2016, State Statistical data to Q4 2016, telcos’ operating and financial data to Q1 2017; recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Telekom Slovenije, T-2, Telemach, Serbia Broadband, Tuštelekom, A1 Slovenia (Si.mobil, Amis Telekom), Mobitel, Tušmobil, Debitel.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Key statistics
    • 1.1 Country overview
  • 2. Telecommunications market
    • 2.1 Market analysis
  • 3. Regulatory environment
    • 3.1 Historic overview
      • 3.1.1 EU Regulatory Framework
      • 3.1.2 Revised NFR
    • 3.2 Regulatory authority
      • 3.2.1 Telecom sector liberalisation
      • 3.2.2 Privatisation of Telekom Slovenije
      • 3.2.3 Interconnect
      • 3.2.4 Access
      • 3.2.5 Number Portability (NP)
      • 3.2.6 Carrier Selection (CS) and Carrier PreSelection (CPS)
  • 4. Fixed network operators
    • 4.1 Introduction
    • 4.2 Telekom Slovenije
    • 4.3 A1 Slovenia (Amis Telekom)
    • 4.4 T-2
  • 5. Telecommunications infrastructure
    • 5.1 Overview
    • 5.2 Telekom Slovenije
    • 5.3 Alternative operators
    • 5.4 Wholesaling
  • 6. Broadband market
    • 6.1 Introduction and statistical overview
      • 6.1.1 Market analysis
      • 6.1.2 Broadband statistics
      • 6.1.3 Forecasts – broadband subscribers – 2018; 2020; 2022
    • 6.2 Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
    • 6.3 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
    • 6.4 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
    • 6.5 Other fixed broadband services
      • 6.5.1 Wireless broadband
      • 6.5.2 Satellite broadband
    • 6.6 Government strategy
    • 6.7 Legislation
    • 6.8 Identification and authorisation
  • 7. Digital media
    • 7.1 Regulatory environment
    • 7.2 Digital TV
      • 7.2.1 Videostreaming
      • 7.2.2 Cable TV (CATV)
      • 7.2.3 Digital Terrestrial TV (DTTV)
      • 7.2.4 Satellite-based digital pay TV developments
  • 8. Digital economy
    • 8.1 E-government
      • 8.1.1 Infrastructure
    • 8.2 E-health
    • 8.3 E-commerce
  • 9. Mobile communications
    • 9.1 Market analysis
    • 9.2 Mobile statistics
      • 9.2.1 General statistics
      • 9.2.2 Mobile voice services
      • 9.2.3 Mobile data services
      • 9.2.4 Mobile broadband
    • 9.3 Regulatory issues
      • 9.3.1 Licensing
      • 9.3.2 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
      • 9.3.3 Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
      • 9.3.4 Roaming
      • 9.3.5 Mobile infrastructure
      • 9.3.6 Other infrastructure developments
    • 9.4 Major mobile operators
      • 9.4.1 Mobitel
      • 9.4.2 A1 Slovenia (Si.mobil)
      • 9.4.3 Telemach Mobil (Tušmobil)
      • 9.4.4 T-2
      • 9.4.5 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
    • 9.5 Mobile content and applications
      • 9.5.1 Mobile TV
      • Table 1 – Country statistics – 2017 (e)
      • Table 2 – Telephone network statistics – 2017 (Mar)
      • Table 3 – Internet user statistics – 2016 (e)
      • Table 4 – Broadband subscriber statistics – 2017 (Mar)
      • Table 5 – Mobile statistics – 2017 (Mar)
      • Table 6 – National telecommunications authority
      • Table 7 – Telecom market revenue (SIT) – 1998; 2002; 2004-2005
      • Table 8 – Telecom market revenue (€) – 2005 - 2012
      • Table 9 – Telecom market revenue comparison – 2006 - 2012
      • Table 10 – Telecom market revenue (US$) – 2000 - 2015
      • Table 11 – Telecom services consumer price change – 2000 - 2013
      • Table 12 – Fixed-line and mobile voice traffic – 2005 - 2016
      • Table 13 – Telecom market investment – 2005 - 2015
      • Table 14 – Fixed-line number portings – 2006 – 2017
      • Table 15 – Telekom Slovenije Group market share of telecom services– 2010 – 2016
      • Table 16 – Telekom Slovenije Group financial data – 2007 – 2017
      • Table 17 – Telekom Slovenije broadband, mobile and fixed-telephony subscribers (Slovenia) – 2009 - 2017
      • Table 18 – Telekom Slovenije Group broadband and mobile subscribers – 2009 - 2017
      • Table 19 – Market share of PSTN and VoIP lines – 2010 - 2017
      • Table 20 – Market share of VoIP lines by operator – 2012 - 2017
      • Table 21 – VoIP connections – 2007 – 2017
      • Table 22 – PSTN lines – 2007 - 2017
      • Table 23 – Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1995 - 2009
      • Table 24 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2010 - 2017
      • Table 25 – Proportion of lines on NGA infrastructure – 2014 - 2017
      • Table 26 – Wholesale DSL broadband subscribers by access type – 2008 - 2017
      • Table 27 – Historic - Internet users and penetration rates – 1998 - 2009
      • Table 28 – Internet users and penetration rates – 2010 - 2018
      • Table 29 – Fixed broadband market share by access type – 2007 - 2017
      • Table 30 – Fixed broadband lines by access type – 2007 - 2017
      • Table 31 – Fixed broadband penetration – 2001 - 2017
      • Table 32 – Market share of fixed broadband subscribers by operator – 2010 - 2017
      • Table 33 – Proportion of fixed broadband accesses by data rates – 2010 - 2017
      • Table 34 – Forecast fixed broadband subscribers – 2018; 2020; 2022
      • Table 35 – Cable broadband subscribers – 2007 - 2017
      • Table 36 – Telekom Slovenije broadband subscribers – 2001 - 2017
      • Table 37 – DSL subscribers – 2007 - 2017
      • Table 38 – Market share of DSL subscribers by operator – 2010 - 2017
      • Table 39 – FttP penetration – 2014 - 2017
      • Table 40 – FttP subscribers – 2006 - 2017
      • Table 41 – Market share of FttP subscribers by operator– 2010 - 2017
      • Table 42 – Proportion of TV subscribers by platform – 2010 - 2017
      • Table 43 – Bundled services subscribers by sector – 2009 – 2017
      • Table 44 – Market share of IPTV providers – 2006 - 2017
      • Table 45 – SiOL IPTV subscribers – 2006 – 2015
      • Table 46 – A1 Slovenia pay TV subscribers – 2015 – 2017
      • Table 47 – Penetration of e-banking and e-commerce among internet users – 2009 - 2015
      • Table 48 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1997 - 2009
      • Table 49 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 - 2018
      • Table 50 – Operator market share by active subscribers – 2009 - 2017
      • Table 51 – Ratio of prepaid to postpaid subscribers – 2000 - 2017
      • Table 52 – A1 Slovenia prepaid subscribers – 2004 - 2017
      • Table 53 – Mobile voice traffic per user – 2014 - 2018
      • Table 54 – Total SMS messages sent – 2005 - 2017
      • Table 55 – SMS sent per user – 2014 - 2018
      • Table 56 – Total MMS messages sent – 2007 - 2017
      • Table 57 – Share of mobile broadband subscribers by operator – 2012 - 2016
      • Table 58- Mobile broadband penetration and traffic per user – 2014 - 2016
      • Table 59- A1 Slovenia mobile broadband subscribers – 2009 - 2017
      • Table 60 – Mobile number portings – 2006 – 2017
      • Table 61 – Mobile Termination Rates – 2007 – 2010; 2017
      • Table 62 – European roaming charges – 2007 – 2016
      • Table 63 – European roaming charges – 2014 - 2017
      • Table 64 – Mobitel subscribers – 2008 - 2017
      • Table 65 – A1 Slovenia – 2004 – 2017
      • Table 66 – A1 Slovenia prepaid, postpaid and blended monthly ARPU – 2004 – 2017
      • Table 67 – A1 Slovenia Minutes of Use (MOU) – 2007 – 2017
      • Table 68 – A1 Slovenia subscribers – 2007 - 2017
      • Chart 1 – Fixed-line and mobile voice traffic – 2005 – 2016
      • Chart 2 – Telekom Slovenije Group financial data – 2007 – 2017
      • Chart 3 – VoIP connections – 2007 – 2017
      • Chart 4 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2005 – 2017
      • Chart 5 – Wholesale broadband subscribers by access type – 2008 – 2017
      • Chart 6 – Fixed broadband market share by access type – 2007 – 2017
      • Chart 7 – Fixed broadband lines by access type – 2007 - 2017
      • Chart 8 – Proportion of fixed broadband accesses by data rates – 2010 – 2017
      • Chart 9 – Bundles services subscribers by sector – 2009 – 2017
      • Chart 10 – Market share of IPTV providers – 2006 – 2017
      • Chart 11 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2003 – 2018
      • Chart 12 – Operator market share by active subscribers – 2009 – 2017
      • Chart 13 – Ratio of prepaid to postpaid subscribers – 2000 – 2017
      • Chart 14 – A1 Slovenia financial data – 2004 – 2017
      • Chart 15 – A1 Slovenia prepaid, postpaid and blended monthly ARPU – 2004 – 2017
      • Chart 16 – A1 Slovenia subscribers – 2007 – 2017
      • Exhibit 1 – The EU regulatory framework for communications
      • Exhibit 2 – Access, the local loop and unbundling – an overview
      • Exhibit 3 – 2G spectrum awarded in Slovenia
      • Exhibit 4 – 4G spectrum results – 2014

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