Economic and overall development in the modern digital society is directly linked to the development of high quality broadband infrastructure, which underpins the development and use of the internet.
The development of the information or knowledge society is based on the widespread use of information and communication technology (ICT) and the internet in all areas of social life and creation. This requires a ubiquitous and powerful electronic communications infrastructure and accessible electronic communications services.
Electronic communications infrastructure
Accessible broadband infrastructure throughout the country enables steady development, reduces the digital divide and increases the inclusion of all in modern societal flows. Strategic planning must therefore pursue the development of a ubiquitous, high-capacity broadband infrastructure, both fixed and mobile, open and accessible to all end-users. Without this, there could be unequal opportunities for integration into the information society.
The development of electronic communications infrastructure and services depends to a large extent on the efficiency of the electronic communications market, and Slovenia will therefore promote competition, transparent regulation and a stable legislative (regulatory) environment. It will encourage electronic communications operators to invest privately in the development of electronic communications infrastructure and services by creating a stable and predictable business environment.
Radio spectrum and next generation 5G network technologies
The use of radio spectrum, a scarce natural resource with significant social, cultural and economic value, is one of the areas with the most innovation. Technologically advanced and scalable, 5G networks are also taking on the role of a communication-technology platform for broadcasting, public safety, security and rescue (PSDR) and mission-critical communications, where today private mobile radio (PMR) is used, and other business-critical verticals such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and automated and connected driving (CAD). 5G networks are also a key technology platform for the broadcasting, public safety, security and rescue (PSDR) and mission-critical communications, where today private mobile radio (PMR) is used, as well as other mission-critical verticals such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and Automated and Connected Driving (ADD).
The Government of the Republic of Slovenia adopted the above two documents "Plan for the use of the 470-790 MHz frequency band in the Republic of Slovenia" in March 2019 and "Amendment to the Plan for the use of the 470-790 MHz frequency band in the Republic of Slovenia" in April 2020.
Broadband Network Construction (GOSCO)
The development of broadband infrastructure in rural areas is difficult due to the dispersed and sparse population, and private investors generally fail to develop sustainable investment projects. Slovenia will therefore co-finance with public funds the construction of infrastructure in white spots, where there is neither adequate infrastructure available nor market interest for its construction.
Broadband Centre of Competence (BCO)
The Broadband Competence Office (BCO) is a single point of contact for informing citizens, local authorities, electronic communications operators and other interested stakeholders about the co-financing of the construction of broadband infrastructure in white spots, the project for the deployment of wireless hotspots (WiFi4EU), as well as about other broadband infrastructure projects.The BCO is a single point of contact for informing citizens, local authorities, electronic communications operators and other interested stakeholders about the co-financing of the construction of broadband infrastructure in white spots, the project for the deployment of wireless hotspots (WiFi4EU), as well as about other broadband infrastructure projects. The launch of BCO Slovenia is based on the idea of setting up a single contact point in each Member State to provide information on broadband infrastructure. The task of the local BCO is to cooperate with the BCO at EU level and, where possible, to provide information and advice to local communities, citizens and businesses, to support representatives of local and regional authorities in order to invest in broadband infrastructure as efficiently as possible with the help of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD), and possibly in combination with other financial instruments (CEF).
Connecting Europe Facility for Digitalisation
The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF Digital) provides co-funding for secure, sustainable and high-performance digital infrastructure, in particular European gigabit and 5G networks.
Legislation (in Slovenian only)
- Electronic Communications Act (ZEKom-2)
- Decree on the implementation of the Regulation (EU) laying down measures concerning open internet access and retail charges for regulated intra-EU communications
- Decree on measures for disabled end-users
- Decree on the implementation of the Regulation (EC) of the EP and the Council on roaming on public mobile telephone networks within the Community
- Rules on simple communications facilities and maintenance of communications facilities
- Rules on the quality of service for the single European emergency call number 112 and police call number 113
- Rules on the equipment and interfaces for lawful interception of communications
- Rules on the method of transmitting retained data on the traffic of telephone and data services in mobile and fixed electronic communications networks
- Rules on the service ID card of authorised persons of the Agency for Communication Networks and Services of the Republic of Slovenia
- Instructions on the monitoring of telecommunications traffic
- Return of Investments in the Public Telecommunications Network Act (ZVVJTO)
- Rules on data concerning the assessment of the amount of investments in the public telecommunications network to be returned