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Summary of broadband development in Slovenia
The Slovenian Plan for the development of next-generation broadband networks up to 2020 aims at providing 96% of households with speeds of at least 100 Mb/s by 2020, and 4% of households with at least 30 Mbps. In 2018 financial resources are planned to be mobilised from European Structural Funds for the programming period 2014-2020 to deploy broadband infrastructure in white areas.
National broadband strategy and policy
- Slovenia’s Ministry of Public Administration (Ministrstvo za javno upravo) is responsible for the national broadband strategy’s political framework and acts as the Broadband Competence Office (BCO).
- The Agency for Communication Networks and Services (Agencija za komunikacijska omrežja in storitve, AKOS) acts as the national telecommunications regulator promoting and monitoring competition, transparency and the further development of communication networks and markets.
- The ICT Technology Network Institute (Zavod Tehnološka mreža ICT) develops and strengthens the mechanisms, know-how and tools enabling efficient services related to the transfer of technologies, innovation, intellectual property management and protection.
Main aims for broadband development
The Government of the Republic of Slovenia adopted (March 2016) a strategic paper on the development of the information society: the Development Strategy for the Information Society until 2020 – Digital Slovenia 2020. This framework strategy lays down Slovenia’s key strategic development goals in this area and combines the Next-Generation Broadband Network Development Plan to 2020 and the Cyber Security Strategy together into a unified strategic framework. The Slovenian Next-Generation Broadband Network Development Plan to 2020 (Načrt razvoja širokopasovnih omrežij naslednje generacije do leta 2020) was issued in 2015 and updated in March 2016. According to the plan, Slovenia aims at providing 96% of households with speeds of at least 100 Mbps by 2020, and the remaining 4% with at least 30 Mbps. The take-up target is not mentioned. The plan follows the EU 2020 strategy and sets strategic objectives in the field of broadband infrastructure as well as the strategic basis for the use of funds from the European Regional Development Fund and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development. In late 2016, the Slovenian government tested and received positive response on commercial interest in the low population density areas and set the goal of providing 100 Mbps for 100% of households by 2020 in areas where broadband infrastructure is to be established through public funds. To achieve the targets, public and private funds will be committed via public tenders. In March 2018, the Ministry of Public Administration published an Appendix to the Next-Generation Broadband Network Development Plan to 2020.
Main measures for broadband development
- Regulation measures:
Legislative and regulatory measures are being implemented to promote and ensure both competition and the timely achievement of the desired goals concerning the expansion of Slovenia’s broadband networks. They aim to improve regulatory predictability and removing barriers to investment, making Slovenia more attractive to investors. A public view of operational data is available.
- State aid and other measures:
Slovenia plans to mobilise new financial resources from the Structural Funds for the programming period 2014-2020 and will support the expansion of broadband networks by implementing cost reduction methods from which all operators may benefit. These include detailed mapping and coverage analyses, open tenders and regulatory measures ensuring open access networks and the use of existing infrastructure.
- Broadband mapping:
An infrastructure mapping tool PROSTOR is developed by the Surveying and mapping Authority (Geodetska uprava Republike Slovenije) under the Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning. The mapping system presents graphical form of the data on ducts, cables, nodes, base stations, etc. The system gathers data on electronic communication operators' facilities, mainly location and type of networks used. Citizens can check availability of broadband provided by operators.
National and regional broadband financial instruments
- State Aid (special activities – ERDF & EAFRD): According to the Next Generation Broadband Network Development Plan until 2020, the total estimated cost for developing the broadband according to the targets are EUR 365 million (public and private funds). Plans for the use of the European Structural and Investment Funds in 2014-2020 foresee an overall allocation of EUR 72.5 million of EU resources for broadband deployment.
Data on broadband development and technologies in Slovenia
For the latest data on broadband coverage, subscriptions and penetrations, coverage of different broadband technologies and costs check the scoreboard reports and the country reports of the Digital Economy & Society Index (DESI).
Spectrum assignments for wireless broadband
National and EU publications and press documents
- Next Generation Broadband Network Development Plan to 2020 (pdf)
- Digital Slovenia 2020 - the Development Strategy for the Information Society until 2020 (pdf)
- National Broadband Strategy 2008
- Guide to High-Speed Broadband Investment
- Study on retail broadband access prices (as of February 2015)
- Fixed broadband prices (as of February 2015)
- Study on broadband coverage in Europe (as of 2014)
- Study on broadband coverage in Europe (as of 2015)
- Study on broadband coverage in Europe (as of 2016)
- Study on National Broadband Plans in the EU-28
- National Broadband Strategy 2008
- Načrt razvoja širokopasovnih omrežij naslednje generacije do leta 2020 (pdf)
- Digitalna Slovenija 2020
- Dodatek k Načrtu razvoja širokopasovnih omrežij naslednje generacije do leta 2020 (Appendix to the Next-Generation Broadband Network Development Plan to 2020)