Summary of broadband development in Slovenia
The Slovenian Next-Generation Broadband Network Development Plan to 2020 is in line with the gigabit society targets. 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) 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 was updated in 2018. According to the updated plan, Slovenia’s aims are in line with the Gigabit Society targets.
The new National Broadband Plan for Slovenia is being prepared and will be part of the Digital Slovenia 2030 strategy, to be adopted in 2021.
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 mobilised financial resources from the Structural Funds for the programming period 2014-2020 and supports 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
For details on harmonised spectrum assignments consult the European 5G Observatory.
National and EU publications and press documents
- Guide to High-Speed Broadband Investment
- Study on National Broadband Plans in the EU-28
- Mobile and fixed broadband prices in Europe at the end of 2019
- Study on broadband coverage in Europe 2019
- Slovenia - country reports on performances in digitisation: connectivity, digital skills, digital public services and more