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.
The regulator has addressed the need of mobile operators for more spectrum, providing additional concessions in 2013 and holding a significant multi-spectrum auction 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 in 2017.
Mobile spectrum licenses have stipulated population coverage targets as well as the delivery of mobile broadband to 95% of the population within three years, offering data of at least 10Mb/s. The regulator's spectrum policy has stimulated operators to provide national coverage.
This report offers insights and statistics on the Slovenian mobile market, including updates on operators and regulatory measures.
Telemach secures remaining spectrum in the 1800MHz and 2100MHz bands; T-2 forced back into bankruptcy by creditors; 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; Telekom Slovenije acquires the MVNO Debitel for 15.8 million; Telekom Slovenije signs Slovenia's first international LTE roaming agreement; Telemach acquires Tumobil; contract awarded to build a GSM-R network across the national railway network; Mobitel merges with parent company; mobile broadband accounting for over a third of mobile subscribers; Si.mobil expands HSPA+ upgrade to 90% of the population; new MTRs introduced; Debitel begins offering fixed broadband; report update includes the regulator's market report to June 2016, telcos' financial and operating data to Q3 2016, recent market developments.