Summary of broadband development in Slovenia
The Gigabit infrastructure development plan 2030 and the Slovenian Next-Generation Broadband Network Development Plan to 2020 are in line with the gigabit society and digital decade targets.
National broadband strategy and policy
- Slovenia’s Ministry of Digital Transformation (Ministrstvo za digitalno preobrazbo) 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 the Development Strategy for the Information Society until 2020 – Digital Slovenia 2020 (March 2016). 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.
Slovenian Development Strategy 2030 has five main pillars: (i) an inclusive, healthy, safe and responsible society, (ii) learning for and through life, (iii) a highly productive economy that creates added value for all, (iv) well-preserved natural environment, (v) high level of coop-eration, competence and governance efficiency.
The Strategy for the Digital Transformation of the Economy (January 2022) is part of the measures within the framework of the Recovery and Resilience Plan within the digital transformation of companies component. It addresses three main or priority areas: (i) ad-vanced digital technologies that enable the digital transformation of the economy, (ii) an efficient ecosystem for a competitive economy, and (iii) an open and sustainable society as the basis for the growth of the digital economy.
The strategic goals of the Gigabit infrastructure development plan until 2030 are in line with the gigabit society and digital decade targets:
- gigabit connectivity for all the main enablers of socio-economic development, such as schools, cultural institutions, transport hubs and main providers of public services and digi-tally intensive companies, by the end of 2025,
- continuous coverage with 5G networks for all urban areas and all major ground transport routes by the end of 2025,
- Internet access with a speed of at least 100 Mbps to the user, which can be upgraded to a gigabit speed, for all rural and urban households by the end of 2025,
- gigabit connectivity for all households, businesses and other promoters of socio-economic development in rural and urban areas by the end of 2030,
- coverage of all populated areas16 with the 5G network by the end of 2030.
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.
- Slovenia’s recovery and resilience plan (RRP) foresees investments in connectivity (EUR 30 million) to bridge the digital divide. The plan includes the development of the connectivity toolbox roadmap to foster 5G and broadband rollout with the introduction of best practices.
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
- Mobile and fixed broadband prices in Europe
- Study on broadband coverage in Europe
- Slovenia - country reports on performances in digitisation: connectivity, digital skills, digital public services and more
- Strategija digitalne transformacije gospodarstva
- Načrt razvoja gigabitne infrastrukture do leta 2030
- Načrt razvoja širokopasovnih omrežij naslednje generacije do leta 2020
- Digitalna Slovenija 2020
- Slovenska digitalna koalicija - digitalna.si
BCO Slovenia (national Broadband Competence Office): Ministry of Digital Transformation (Ministrstvo za digitalno preobrazbo)
Address: Davčna ulica 1, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Contact via email
Agency for Communication Networks and Services of the Republic of Slovenia (Agencija za komunikacijska omrežja in storitve Republike Slovenije)
Address: Stegne 7, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Contact via email
Phone: +386 1 583 6300
ICT Technology Network Institute (Zavod Tehnološka mreža ICT)
Address: Dunajska cesta 159, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Contact via email
Phone: +386 59 366 660
Find current information on broadband development in each country, as well as national strategies and policies for developing broadband.
Sweden’s national broadband plan, adopted in 2016, has the vision of an entirely connected Sweden and has goals for both mobile coverage and for high-speed broadband connections for households and businesses.
Digital connectivity and 5G rollout are among the ten strategic priorities of the Spain Digital 2025 Agenda.
Slovakia has set the long-term objective of providing all households with access to ultra-fast internet by 2030.
Romania’s broadband plan focuses on building up a national broadband network as a first step towards achieving the EU connectivity targets.
The Agenda Portugal Digital aims at development of a digital infrastructure that allows citizens to take advantage of the new opportunities offered by technologies.
Poland’s national broadband plan 2025 is in line with the EU’s Gigabit Society targets.
All households in the Netherlands should have the opportunity to access broadband networks of at least 100 Mbps and a vast majority should be taking advantage of 1 Gbps by 2023.
Malta’s broadband policy is technology-neutral and favours a competitive market environment.
The development of a communication infrastructure with a target of gigabit broadband access throughout the country is one of the priorities in the governmental programme of Luxembourg.
Lithuania aims to provide 100 Mbps by 2027 to rural areas as well supporting the Gigabit society targets 2025.
Latvia supports the Gigabit society targets and aims at 100 Mbps, upgradable to gigabit, for urban and rural areas as well as 5G coverage for all large urban areas.
The Italian Strategy for Ultra Broadband Towards the Gigabit Society aims to provide gigabit connectivity to all by 2026.
The national broadband plan for Ireland foresees that by 2026 all premises in Ireland will have access to high-speed broadband.
Hungary’s draft National Digitalisation Strategy 2021-2030 aims to achieve a target of 95% of households covered by gigabit networks by 2030.
The Greek Digital Transformation Bible 2020-2025 highlights connectivity as one of the five strategic axes and acknowledges the Gigabit Society 2025 targets.
The 2021 coalition agreement, the Digital Strategy and the Gigabit Strategy 2022 of the German Federal Government prioritise the nationwide supply of FTTH and 5G networks.
The national broadband programme France Très Haut Débit sets a target of fast broadband access for all households by 2022 and fibre for all by 2025.
The Finnish authorities favour a competition-driven, fibre-based network roll-out assisted by public funds for underserved areas and advice for local municipalities on how to deploy broadband networks.
Estonia has established basic broadband coverage throughout the country. The Estonian Digital Agenda sets ambitious targets for 2030.
A number of political initiatives aiming at nation-wide fixed and mobile broadband coverage support Danish broadband goals. The Government works towards making Denmark a digital frontrunner by creating a foundation for Danish businesses to exploit digital technologies.
The National Plan for the Development of Very High Capacity Networks, approved in March 2021, defines the strategic approach of the Czech Republic to the construction of VHCN.
Cyprus’ broadband plan sets strategic objectives for 2021-2025 and includes legislative and regulatory interventions as well as practical support for the development of broadband infrastructure.
Croatian National Plan for Broadband Development 2021–2027 responds to the European Gigabit Society objectives 2025 and partially to the 2030 digital targets.
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