In Opensignal's first mobile network experience report on Slovenia, Telekom Slovenia dominates our awards table with four outright wins and it also jointly won the remaining three awards. T-2 shared the Games Experience and Voice App Experience awards with Telekom Slovenia, while Telemach was a joint winner of the 4G Availability award.
As of April 2021, only Telekom Slovenia, the operator with the largest number of subscribers in the market, had a live 5G commercial service. The operator launched its 5G network in July 2020 using the 2.6 GHz band – and claims to have rolled out coverage across approximately 25% of the population during the launch and reached network coverage of 32%, according to information retrieved from its official website in April 2021. Other operators have performed 5G trials but have yet to deploy 5G on a broad commercial scale. There will be more momentum around 5G, once national regulator AKOS completes the much anticipated 5G multi-band spectrum auction and announces the winners in mid-2021. This auction will allocate a range of frequency bands from 700 MHz to 26 GHz. In February 2021 AKOS received four applications for this tender although it did not reveal the bidders.
Slovenia’s telecoms sector experienced a heavy surge in traffic in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Telekom Slovenia recorded a doubling of data transfer, Telemach reported a 30 percent increase in mobile data traffic, while T-2 similarly reported mobile data transfer doubling in 2020. Slovenian customers will likely benefit from an improved mobile internet experience as imminent 5G upgrades mean operators are able to deploy more spectrum for mobile services.
Our results in this report are based on measurements collected across all major mobile operators in Slovenia – A1, T-2, Telekom Slovenia and Telemach – over the period of 90 days between December 1, 2020 and February 28, 2021. 5G measurements contributed to the overall scores.