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Slovenia / Telecomunication / Next-Generation Broadband Network Development Plan to 2020

SI28_SI0_Next-Generation Broadband Network Development Plan to 2020_2016

Name of the country Slovenia
Sector Telecomunication
Name of the document (original) Digitalna Slovenija 2. /Načrt razvoja širokopasovnih omrežji naslednje generacije do 2020
Name of the document (English) Next-Generation Broadband Network Development Plan to 2020
Administrative level National
Type of the document Plan
Year of adoption 2016
Foreseen duration 2020
Sector Telecomunication
Territorial unit (NUTS/LAU) SI0
Authority Ministry of education, science and sport, Directorate for the Information Society
Availability in English Yes (http://www.mizs.gov.si/fileadmin/mizs.gov.si/pageuploads/Informacijska_druzba/NGN_2020/NGN_2020_Slovenia_EN.pdf)
Legally binding Non-binding
SGI coverage SGI/SGEI
Integration as a concept Yes
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Description Financial resources: Integration of the European cohesion policy funds (European Regional Development Fund- ERDF and European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development- EAFRD), national budget and private funds (e.g. projects linking local communities and private enterprises), with the aim of providing broadband infrastructure and access in remote regions and white areas.
Major objectives 1. The development of the next-generation open broadband network
2. Provide an internet access to all Slovenian households:
a) Provision of the internet access sped of at least 100 Mbps for 96% of the Slovenian house holds
b) Provision of the internet access speed of not less than 30 Mbps for 4% of the households
Short Summary The Next Generation Broadband Network Development Plan (hereinafter NGN) is a strategic document of the Republic of Slovenia for the broadband infrastructure deployment, with the aim of providing high-speed internet access to all of the Slovenian households by 2020, as set in the umbrella development strategy Digital Slovenia 2020, and to enable a free movement of digital content and services for at least the next two decades. The document is also a basis for the acquisition and allocation of the EU cohesion policy funds from 2014 until 2020. The approval of the document is the ex-ante conditionality for the deployment of the broadband infrastructure in white areas, where the market fails to provide the infrastructure at the affordable cost, and of a quality required by the EU competition and State aid rules.

The documents states that the European development strategies stress the importance of the accessible, affordable, fast and ultra-fast broadband network to ensure the economic and social prosperity of Europe. Therefore, the EU has set two essential targets to be achieved by 2020. First all EU citizens should have access to broadband speeds of above 30 Mbps and second at least 50% of European households should be subscribed to internet connections above 100 Mbps. These objectives are the basis for the objectives set in the NGN.


Objectives:
1. The development of the next-generation open broadband network
2. Provide an internet access to all Slovenian households:
a) Provision of the internet access sped of at least 100 Mbps for 96% of the Slovenian house holds
b) Provision of the internet access speed of not less than 30 Mbps for 4% of the households

The document highlights the positive social and economic impacts of the broadband for the country and its citizens such as a balanced development through the state territory, reduced digital divide and increased social inclusion, new opportunities in areas of learning and employment, accessibility to (public) services and information, increased productivity, innovative business models, products and services, and efficient communication.

As stated by the plan, new strategic guidelines for broadband infrastructure need to be developed. As further explained, a regulatory framework for the measures to encourage development in the Slovenian broadband infrastructure are laid down in the Electronic Telecommunication Act. The implementation of the act’s provisions is a responsibility of the Agency for Communication Networks and Services of the Republic of Slovenia (AKOS).

Furthermore, the document suggests the synergistic effects among stakeholders should be encouraged. The allocation of radiofrequencies for the deployment of 4G mobile network to enable broadband internet access, mostly in the areas where there is no fixed infrastructure, or it is not cost-effective, or until the construction of the infrastructure, is given an example of the synergies.

Regarding the current status of the broadband internet access in Slovenia the plan reveals that “according to the Digital Economy and Society Index- DESI (a composite index developed by the European Commission to assess the development of EU countries towards a digital economy and society), Slovenia is ranked 19th out of the 28 EU Member States, as the fixed broadband networks are only available to 89% of the households, which is below the EU average (97%). Furthermore, the broadband infrastructure in rural areas is described as “unacceptably poor”, and there is no commercial interest from the private investors for individual investments. The deployment of the broadband infrastructure for single connections in these areas is costly, due to a low population density and a long distances between communication connections. Therefore, the allocation of public funds for the broadband construction in so called white areas (“areas which lack the required quality of broadband infrastructure and which also lack commercial interest in the deployment thereof “) is essential.

The document defines “the measure to deploy broadband infrastructure in white areas” and the features of which are: “detailed mapping and analysis of coverage, the testing of commercial interest, the identification of white areas, public consultation, a competitive selection process, the most economically advantageous offer, technological neutrality, the use of existing infrastructure, wholesale access, wholesale access pricing, a monitoring and ‘clawback’ mechanism, transparency, reporting, fair and non-discriminatory treatment.”

From the financial perspective, the document recognises the creation of the public-private partnerships between local communities and electronic communications operators as crucial for a successful broadband deployment in rural areas. Stimulation of the private investments should, according to the document, be achieved by ensuring competition and reducing the costs for the deployment of the broadband infrastructure.
Centralised/decentralised Not applicable
Governance model
Public services
Concession
Public-private partnership
Co-operative
Others
Comments
Measures - Stimulation of the private investments through encouraged competition and reduction of costs for the deployment of the broadband infrastructure
- Encouragement of the public-private partnerships
- Allocation of sources from public fund
Type of finance
EU
Federal/national
State/cantonal/provincial
Regional
Local
No sources available.
Sources of finance
Private
Public
Stakeholders' list
Federal/national The government, relevant ministries, enterprices-service providers
State/provincial/departmental
Regional
Inter-communal
Local Municipalities
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