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 Tumobil 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.
Regulator determines that the three 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; Telemach secures remaining spectrum in the 1800MHz and 2100MHz bands, acquires the fibre network operator Maxtel; T-2 released from threat of bankruptcy proceedings; MVNO IZI Mobil begins offering LTE services; regulator opens consultation into auction of spectrum in the 3.5GHz, 10GHz and 12GHz bands; Telekom Austria merges Amis Telekom with Si.mobil, rebrands them as A1 Slovenia; Telekom Slovenije acquires the MVNO Debitel for 15.8 million; Telekom Slovenije signs Slovenia's first international LTE roaming agreement; contract awarded to build a GSM-R network across the national railway network; report update includes the regulator's market report to December 2016, telcos' financial and operating data to Q1 2017, recent market developments.