Slovenia Telecommunications Report 2016
BMI View: The Slovenian market has undergone major consolidation measures in 2016 with Si.mobilacquiring Amis and Telemach acquiring Tušmobil. Furthermore, T-2, a fixed line operator remains inreceivership and both operators are eyeing its prospective purchase. Furthermore, the sale of state-ownedtelecoms giant Telekom Slovenia remains incomplete as the government looks to find a buyer. We believethese consolidation measures will lead to heated competition and a quicker uptake of 3G and 4G LTEservices. We have revised our 3G and 4G LTE uptake forecast in light of the new consolidation measuresand are now forecasting a higher percentage of 3G and 4G enabled phones to penetrate the marketquicker. The country's relatively high income levels have led to it having the highest ARPU and postpaidsubscription mix in the region, backed by growth in 3G services. The combination of high incomes andstrong value-added service uptake means that the rollouts of 4G by the two largest mobile operators shouldbe met with stronger demand than in neighbouring states in the region.
Latest Updates & Industry Developments
The Slovenian telecommunications industry has undergone significant consolidation in 2015 withAustrian owned Si.mobil acquiring fixed line and mobile operator Amis. Furthering the consolidationis Telemach, a Slovenian fixed line operator, buying Tušmobil in 2015. Telemach will be investingheavily into developing 4G LTE capabilities as it anticipates heated competition in the market.
The sale of state-owned giant, Telekom Slovenia has still not gone through with no buyer looking topurchase the majority share from the government in 2015. The regulator still hopes to find a buyer in2016 and the introduction of a new, foreign operator will significantly alter the competitive dynamics ofthe market.
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