Slovakia’s broadband market has shown steady growth in recent years, with access competition s predominately based on infrastructure. The DSL platform remains the dominant access method, while the cable sector is also strong in urban areas. A fast-developing FttX infrastructure and wireless broadband options, particularly from the mobile network operators, add to the mix. Broadband is sold as a platform through which telecom operators provide additional services, such as broadband TV. Increased internet usage is supporting Slovakia’s internet society, which has received substantial EU funding to develop and improve access to e-government and other online services. Digital terrestrial TV has been launched, with the public service broadcaster STV the first to complete analogue switch-off. This report profiles Slovakia’s broadband and digital media markets, providing an overview of major players, statistics and market analyses, as well as fixed broadband forecasts to 2020.
Slovakia trials DVB-T2; UPC Slovakia’s 120Mb/s Fibre Power service extended to ten cities; municipal FttH developments; WiMAX Telecom bought by Slovanet; regulator calls for tenders for a fourth DTTV multiplex; M77 merges SkyLink and CS Link; STV ends analogue TV broadcasts; regulator’s market data to June 2012; telcos’ operating data to September 2012; market developments to December 2012.