Economic and general development in a modern digital society is closely connected with the development of a high-quality broadband infrastructure that serves as the basis for the development and use of the internet.
The development of an information society or knowledge-based society is based on the general use of information and communication technology (ICT) and the internet in all fields of social life and creativity. A precondition for this is an ubiquitus high‑capacity electronic communications infrastructure and accessible electronic communication services.
Electronic communications infrastructure
An accessible broadband infrastructure throughout the country enables balanced development, reduces the digital divide and increases the involvement of individuals in modern social flows. Strategic planning should therefore follow the development of an ubiquitus high-capacity broadband infrastructure (fixed and mobile) that will be open and accessible to all end users; otherwise unequal possibilities of inclusion in the information society could occur.
Infrastructure development and electronic communications services are largely dependent on the efficiency of the electronic communications market, so Slovenia will promote competitiveness, transparent regulation and stable regulatory framework. By establishing a stable and predictable business environment, Slovenia will encourage electronic communications operators to make private investments in the development of electronic communications infrastructure and services.
An interchange format for the transmission of data on network termination points (version 3.3) and an example of network termination point (NTP) recording are available on the "portal Prostor" website of the Surveying and Mapping Authority of the Republic of Slovenia.
Radio frequency spectrum and new generation of network technologies (5G)
The radio frequency spectrum is a limited natural resource with an important social, cultural and economic value. The field of its use is among those with most innovations. With the development of 4G technology and the upcoming 5G technology (fifth generation of mobile networks) we are on the verge of a technological breakthrough in broadband mobile electronic communications. Technologically advanced and adaptable 5G networks will assume the role of a communications and technology platform for broadcasting, Public Protection and Disaster Relief (PPDR), communications in critical situations where private mobile communications (PMR) are currently used, and other business-critical verticals such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and Connected and Automated Driving (CAD).
5G – new generation of network technologies
Mobile communications have made remarkable progress in the past 30 years and have become one of the infrastructure and service pillars of the digital society. According to the action plan for the new generation of network technologies in Europe, known as 5G, this is a decisive factor of progress. Through wireless broadband services provided at gigabit speeds, this generation will enable industrial transformations, the support of new types of applications connecting devices and objects (the Internet of Things), and versatility by way of software virtualisation allowing innovative business models across multiple sectors (e.g. transport, health, manufacturing, logistics, energy, media and entertainment). Slovenia follows the action plan and signed a declaration in Tallinn in June 2017 on establishing 5G networks, which coordinates the activities of EU Member States in the field of 5G technologies. In December 2017, a 5G roadmap was adopted at the EU level. On its basis, investors and operators received a clear and positive political signal. In March 2019, the Government of the Republic of Slovenia adopted the Roadmap for the use of the 470–790 MHz frequency band in the Republic of Slovenia., while in April 2020 adopted the changes to the said document.
Deployment of the new generation of network technologies is also included in the proposal Radio Frequency Spectrum Management Strategy by the Agency for Communication Networks and Services of the Republic of Slovenia, which was prepared on the basis of strategic guidelines of the Ministry of Public Administration.
Construction of broadband networks
The development of a broadband infrastructure in rural areas is hampered by scattered settlement patterns and low population density, so private investors generally do not succeed in carrying out sustainable investment projects. Slovenia will therefore use public funds to co-finance the construction of infrastructure in white areas where appropriate infrastructure is not available and where there is no commercial interest in its construction either.
Commercial interest in the construction of broadband networks in the territory of the Republic of Slovenia in the next three years
On the basis of the Call for the expression of commercial interest in the construction of next-generation broadband networks in the territory of the Republic of Slovenia in the next three years consistent with the Next-Generation Broadband Network Development Plan for 2020 and the Supplement to the Next-Generation Broadband Network Development Plan for 2020, published on the website of the Ministry of Public Administration on 20 June 2019, which was extended from 10 July 2018, we have published the expression of commercial interest of the only operator, Telekom Slovenije, d. d., with which we signed a contract on the expression of commercial interest. The procedure was concluded on 5 August 2019.
Next-Generation Broadband Network Development PlanPlan | Ministry of Public Administration
Broadband Competence Office – BCO
The Broadband Competence Office (BCO) Slovenia is a single contact point for informing citizens, local communities, operators of electronic communications and other interested stakeholders on co-financing the construction of broadband infrastructure in white areas, the project for the installation of Wi-Fi hotspots (WiFi4EU) and other projects for the construction of a broadband infrastructure. The establishment of BCO Slovenia is based on the idea of every Member State having a single contact point that provides information on its broadband infrastructure. The tasks of the national BCO include cooperation with BCOs at the EU level, informing local communities, citizens and businesses and advising them within its abilities, and supporting representatives of local and regional authorities with the intent of efficiently investing in the broadband infrastructure through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and if possible in combination with other financial instruments (CEF).
Through the initiative WiFi4EU, the European Commission wishes to provide high‑quality internet access for citizens and visitors throughout the EU at free Wi-Fi hotspots in public spaces such as parks, squares, public buildings, libraries and health centres. The European Commission will grant vouchers, founded through the initiative, in the value of EUR 15,000 to support municipalities in installing Wi-Fi hotspots in centres of public life. Only registered municipalities can apply to the call for applications within the initiative. The vouchers will be allocated on a "first-come, first-served" basis.