Fewer changes are visible since the last report analyzing mobile network experience in Slovakia was published in September 2021, with two clear wins turning into joint wins this time around. Download Speed Experience is the only category with an outright winner with all the others being shared between operators. While Orange and Telekom statistically tie for all the experiential metrics and Upload Speed Experience, O2 and Orange share the award for 4G Availability and O2, Orange and Telekom jointly win the award for 4G Coverage Experience.
While Slovakia may not be as advanced in 5G deployment as some other European countries, it certainly is making progress in that direction. While O2 reportedly aims to provide 5G services in all regional cities in Slovakia this year after deploying it in Bratislava and eastern Slovakia, Orange claimed to have reached 2.6% 5G coverage by the end of 2021 and aims to cover 20% of the country’s population by the end of this year. It will be interesting to see how our results change as 5G penetration improves in the country.
The four Slovakian operators have reportedly also reached an agreement to refarm frequencies on the 1800 MHz band to make their spectrum blocks more contiguous and the regulator expects the deal to be concluded in a couple of months. Under the agreement, operators reportedly acquire two blocks of 20 MHz spectrum in three parts of the country and two blocks of 15MHz in one agreed area in the country. This consolidation of spectrum will allow operators to optimize their spectrum usage and make their 2G, 4G and 5G networks more efficient thereby improving user experience.
In this report, we analyzed our users' experience in Slovakia on each of the four national operators, 4ka, O2, Orange and Telekom, over a 90 day period starting on November 1, 2021, and ending on January 29, 2022. 5G measurements and those of older 3G and 4G mobile technologies contribute to operators' overall scores.