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Slovenia - Telecoms, IP Networks, Digital Media and Forecasts


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Slovenia’s regulated FttH infrastructure gaining wider foothold

BuddeComm’s annual publication, Slovenia - Telecoms, IP Networks, Digital Media and Forecasts, provides a comprehensive overview of the trends and developments in the telecommunications and digital media markets in one of Central Europe’s more progressive markets. The report includes the regulator’s market data to the end of 2011, State Statistical Office data for Q1 2012, telcos’ financial and operating data to June 2012, and market developments to mid-2012.

Economic background

Having joined the EU in 2004, Slovenia was since slow to privatise a number of state enterprises, including the incumbent telco. In common with all other regional markets, the global financial crisis continues to negatively impact the economy, with moderate GDP growth in 2010 having faltered, and expected to shrink by 1% for 2012.

Telecom market overview

A poor economic performance will continue to impact on the telecom market, where revenue has failed to match its high point of 2008. Nevertheless, sector investment has risen steadily since 2009 as operators renewed their efforts to developing fibre networks and upgrading mobile networks, supported by government and EC-funded programmes.

Broadband market

DSL remains the principal broadband platform though it is steadily losing market share to upgraded cable networks and FttH alternatives. The government’s broadband strategy to 2020 has encouraged investment in an FttH national infrastructure, including measures to facilitate access to Telekom Slovenije’s network. The main fibre-based altnet T2 has benefited from access regulation though its own business difficulties have slowed its network expansion in recent quarters. Nevertheless, the country has an ambitious target to provide FttH to 90% of the country by 2020. Strong broadband infrastructure has contributed to Slovenia having one of the highest VoIP and IPTV take-up rate in Europe.

Key telecom parameters – 2010; 2012
Sector | 2010 | 2012

Subscribers by sector (thousand):

Fixed broadband subscribers | 485 | 548
Mobile broadband | 350 | 510
Mobile phone | 2,120 | 2,170
Fixed-line telephony | 818 | 735

Penetration by sector:

Fixed broadband | 25% | 27%
Mobile | 103% | 105%
Fixed-line | 44% | 35%
(Source: BuddeComm)

Market Highlights

Delayed due to frequency issues, LTE is set to be launched by Mobitel in several bands in 2013, further supporting the government’s commitment to expand broadband in rural areas.

DTTV has expanded following ASO in late 2010, though the launch of the remaining seven of nine multiplexes has been hampered by neighbouring countries which have not yet concluded digital switchover and which have restricted Slovenia’s use of additional frequencies.

Slovenia’s IPTV market is among the most developed in Europe, with household penetration at about 25%, far above the EU average.

The FttH market is dominated by two operators, with T-closely followed by Telekom Slovenije. However, T-2 has recently been burdened with a pre-bankruptcy compulsory settlement procedure it has been limited in its ability to invest in further fibre infrastructure.

This report is essential reading for those needing high level strategic information and objective analysis on the telecom sector in Slovenia. It provides further information on:

Market liberalisation and regulatory issues;
The impact of the global economic crisis;
Telecoms operators – privatisation, acquisitions, new licences;
Mobile data market developments in coming years in light of spectrum auctions and new license awards;
3G developments, regulatory issues and technologies including HSPA and LTE;
Broadband migration to an FttH architecture;
Historical and current subscriber statistics and forecasts;
ARPU statistics and forecasts.

Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year.


1. Key Statistics
2. Telecommunications Market
2.1 Overview of Slovenia’s telecom market
3. Regulatory Environment
3.1 History
3.1.1 EU Regulatory Framework
3.1.2 Revised NFR
3.2 Regulatory authority
3.2.1 Post and Electronic Communications Agency (APEK)
3.3 Telecom sector liberalisation in Slovenia
3.3.1 Privatisation of Telekom Slovenije
3.3.2 Interconnection
3.3.3 Access
3.3.4 Number portability
3.3.5 Carrier selection and carrier preselection
4. Fixed Network Operators
4.1 Overview of operators
4.2 Telekom Slovenije
4.3 Amis Telekom
4.4 T-2
5. Telecommunications Infrastructure
5.1 Telekom Slovenije
5.2 Alternative operators
5.3 Wholesaling
6. Internet Market
6.1 Slovenia’s emerging internet society
6.2 Strategy
6.3 Legislation
6.4 Identification and authorisation
6.5 E-government
6.5.1 Infrastructure
6.6 E-health
7. Broadband Market
7.1 Overview
7.2 Fixed broadband statistics
7.3 Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)
7.4 Cable modems
7.5 Fibre-to-the-Home (FttH)
7.6 Wireless broadband
7.7 Mobile broadband
8. Digital Media
8.1 Overview of digital media market
8.1.1 Regulatory environment
8.1.2 Digital TV
9. Mobile Communications
9.1 Overview of Slovenia’s mobile market
9.1.1 Mobile statistics
9.2 Regulatory issues
9.2.1 GSM licences
9.2.2 First 3G licence awarded
9.2.3 Tender for additional 3G licences
9.2.4 Sub 1GHz spectrum
9.2.5 Mobile Number Portability
9.2.6 Mobile Termination Rates (MTR)
9.2.7 Roaming
9.3 Mobile technologies
9.3.1 Digital
9.3.2 Third generation mobile
9.4 Major mobile operators
9.4.1 Mobitel
9.4.2 Si.Mobil
9.4.3 Tušmobil
9.4.4 T-2
9.4.5 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
9.5 Mobile voice services
9.5.1 Prepaid
9.6 Mobile data services
9.6.1 Short Message Service (SMS) / Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
9.6.2 Push-to-Talk (PTT)
9.6.3 General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) / Enhanced Data Rates for GSM Evolution (EDGE)
9.6.4 High Speed Packet Access (HSPA)
9.6.5 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
9.6.6 Mobile TV
9.7 Mobile content and applications
10. Forecasts
10.1 Forecasts – fixed broadband subscribers to 2020
10.1.1 Scenario 1 – higher fixed broadband subscriber growth
10.1.2 Scenario 2 – lower fixed broadband subscriber growth
11. Related reports
List of Tables, Charts and Exhibits
Table 1 – Country statistics – 2012 (e)
Table 2 – Telephone network statistics – March 2012
Table 3 – Internet user and subscriber statistics – 2012 (e)
Table 4 – Broadband subscriber statistics – March 2012
Table 5 – Mobile statistics – March 2012
Table 6 – National telecommunications authority
Table 7 – Telecom market revenue growth – 2006 - 2012
Table 8 – Fixed-line and mobile voice traffic – 2005 - 2012
Table 9 – Telekom Slovenije interconnection rates – 2006 - 2009
Table 10 – Fixed-line number portings – 2009 – 2011
Table 11 – Market share of PSTN and VoIP lines – 2010 - 2012
Table 12 – VoIP connections – 2008 – 2012
Table 13 – Telekom Slovenije market share of telecom services– 2010 – 2012
Table 14 – Telekom Slovenije Group financial data – 2007 – 2012
Table 15 – Telekom Slovenije Group revenue by sector – 2011 – 2012
Table 16 – Telekom Slovenije domestic broadband, mobile and fixed-telephony subscribers – 2009 - 2012
Table 17 – Telekom Slovenije Group broadband and mobile subscribers – 2009 - 2012
Table 18 – Wholesale access lines by type – 2009 – 2011
Table 19 – E-education usage by individuals – 2007 - 2010
Table 20 – E-education usage by businesses – 2007 - 2010
Table 21 – Online purchases by individuals – 2006 - 2010
Table 22 – Electronic sales as percentage of total non-VAT turnover for non-financial sector businesses with 10 or more employees – 2009
Table 23 – Take up of e-government services by businesses – 2004 - 2010
Table 24 – Take up of e-government services by individuals – 2004 - 2010
Table 25 – Proportion of fixed broadband accesses by data rates – 2010 - 2012
Table 26 – Internet users, subscribers and penetration rates – 1998 - 2011
Table 27 – Fixed broadband market share by access type – 2007 - 2012
Table 28 – Fixed broadband lines by access type – 2007 - 2012
Table 29 – Wholesale broadband subscribers by access type – 2008 - 2012
Table 30 – Fixed broadband penetration – 2001 - 2012
Table 31 – Market share of fixed broadband subscribers by operator – 2011 - 2012
Table 32 – Internet penetration by platform – 2007 - 2011
Table 33 – Telekom Slovenije broadband subscribers – 2001 - 2012
Table 34 – Market share of DSL subscribers by operator – 2010 - 2012
Table 35 – FttH subscribers – 2006 - 2013
Table 36 – Market share of FttH subscribers by operator– 2010 - 2012
Table 37 – Telekom Slovenije FttH subscribers – 2007 - 2010
Table 38 – Mobile broadband subscribers by access type – 2011 - 2012
Table 39- Si.Mobil mobile broadband subscribers – 2009 - 2011
Table 40 – Proportion of TV subscribers by platform – 2010 - 2012
Table 41 – Bundles services subscribers by sector – 2009 - 2012
Table 42 – TV providers and genre – 2012
Table 43 – Market share of IPTV providers – 2006 - 2012
Table 44 – SiOL IPTV subscribers – 2006 – 2012
Table 45 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1997 - 2013
Table 46 – Operator market share by subscribers – 2009 - 2012
Table 47 – Mobile number portings – 2009 – 2011
Table 48 – Mobile Termination Rates – 2007 – 2010; 2013
Table 49 – European roaming charges – 2007 – 2012
Table 50 – Mobitel financial data (historic) – 2007 – 2010
Table 51 – Mobitel subscribers – 2008 - 2011
Table 52 – Si.Mobil financial data – 2004 – 2011
Table 53 – Si.Mobil prepaid, postpaid & blended monthly ARPU – 2004 – 2011
Table 54 – Si.Mobil mobile data ARPU – 2007 - 2010
Table 55 – Si.Mobil Minutes of Use (MOU) – 2007 – 2011
Table 56 – Ratio of prepaid to postpaid subscribers – 2000 - 2012
Table 57 – Mobitel prepaid subscribers – 2005 - 2010
Table 58 – Si.Mobil prepaid subscribers – 2004 - 2011
Table 59 – Total SMS messages sent – 2005 - 2012
Table 60 – Forecast fixed broadband subscribers – higher growth scenario – 2010 - 2013; 2020
Table 61 – Forecast fixed broadband subscribers – lower growth scenario – 2010 - 2013; 2020
Chart 1 – Fixed-line and mobile voice traffic – 2005 – 2012
Chart 2 – VoIP connections – 2008 – 2012
Chart 3 – Telekom Slovenije Group financial data – 2007 – 2012
Chart 4 – Fixed broadband market share by access type – 2007 – 2012
Chart 5 – Fixed broadband lines by access type – 2007 – 2012
Chart 6 – Wholesale broadband subscribers by access type – 2008 – 2012
Chart 7 – Bundles services subscribers by sector – 2009 – 2012
Chart 8 – Market share of IPTV providers – 2006 – 2012
Chart 9 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2003 – 2013
Chart 10 – Mobitel financial data (historic) – 2007 – 2010
Chart 11 – Si.Mobil financial data – 2004 – 2011
Chart 12 – Si.Mobil prepaid, postpaid & blended monthly ARPU – 2004 – 2011
Chart 13 – Ratio of prepaid to postpaid subscribers – 2000 – 2012
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

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