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Slovenia / Telecomunication / Digital Broadcasting Act

SI25_SI0_Digital Broadcasting Act_2007

Name of the country Slovenia
Sector Telecomunication
Name of the document (original) Zakon o digitalni radiodifuziji 
Name of the document (English) Digital Broadcasting Act
Administrative level National
Type of the document Legislation
Year of adoption 2007
Foreseen duration Unlimited
Sector Telecomunication
Territorial unit (NUTS/LAU) SI0
Authority Agency for communication networks and services of the Republic of Slovenia (AKOS)
Availability in English Yes
Legally binding Legally binding
SGI coverage SGI/SGEI
Integration as a concept No
Major objectives 1. to lay down the conditions for implementing digital broadcasting, as well as the rights and obligations of the services providers,
2. to lay down the conditions for implementing changes in radio frequency spectrum management and the gradual transition from analogue to digital broadcasting,
3. to ensure the inclusion and introduction of complementary and innovative services, and
4. to lay down the conditions for implementing gradual phasing out of analogue broadcasting with incentive measures for facilitating the transition to digital broadcasting (co- financing of socially disadvantaged consumers , and planning and setting up of digital broadcasting networks) (4/4)
Short Summary The Digital Broadcasting Act “defines digital broadcasting in the Republic of Slovenia, conditions for implementing digital broadcasting, rights and obligations of providers, changes in radio frequency spectrum management, the gradual transition from analogue to digital broadcasting, inclusion and introduction of complementary and innovative services, and the gradual phasing out of analogue broadcasting and incentive measures for facilitating the transition to digital broadcasting (Digital Broadcasting Act; DAC, 2007).

The aim of the act is to maintain the efficient use of the radio frequency spectrum, which is, according to the national and international legislation, intended for television and radio programme broadcasting, in compliance with available technologies.

Objectives:
1. to lay down the conditions for implementing digital broadcasting, as well as the rights and obligations of the services providers,
2. to lay down the conditions for implementing changes in radio frequency spectrum management and the gradual transition from analogue to digital broadcasting,
3. to ensure the inclusion and introduction of complementary and innovative services, and
4. to lay down the conditions for implementing gradual phasing out of analogue broadcasting with incentive measures for facilitating the transition to digital broadcasting (co- financing of socially disadvantaged consumers , and planning and setting up of digital broadcasting networks)

As stated in this law, service provider is a “legal or natural person that satisfies the conditions for disseminating programme content in the form of digital television or radio programming in compliance with the act regulating media or under the terms of an international treaty binding on the Republic of Slovenia (DAC, 2007).” Multiplexing according to the act means “a part of a digital telecommunications broadcasting system for handling multiple digital input channels and transmitting them together”. “Operator of a multiplex system is “a natural or legal person that manages or intends to manage a multiplex system and public communications network for digital broadcasting and that has notified the agency of the pursuant to legal provisions of the act regulating electronic communications (DAC, 2007).”

The agency with collaboration with the operators is responsible to plan the network according to the internationally adopted standards in the field of digital broadcasting. A multiplex system operator can also be a content provider. The holders of the radio frequencies for a multiplex system are obliged to pay an annual fee to the Agency for the use of the assigned radio frequencies.

According to the act, the ministry competent for electronic communications (hereinafter: ministry) promotes the dissemination of digital broadcasting by co-financing the purchase of digital television receivers by socially disadvantaged consumers, and co-financing the planning and setting up of digital broadcasting networks.
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