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Mobile communications and Internet in Slovenia

The development of telecommunications in Slovenia is roughly equivalent to the United States. Under the country code +386, there were a total of 3.30 million connections in 2021. Among them were 2.61 million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 1.2 per person. In the US, this figure is 1.1 mobile phones per person.

With about 415,581 webhosts, Slovenia is below the world's average by population. At the end of 2020, 103,255 of these, or about 25 percent, were secured with SSL or comparable encryption.

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Internet speed for cell phones and fixed network

With an average download speed of 85.79 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Slovenia ranks 49th in an international comparison. The upload rate of only 39.90 Mbit/second was significantly lower (48th place).
In mobile internet, i.e., on tablets and smartphones, Slovenia comes 34th with a download speed of 66 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 11 Mbit was only enough for 70th place.

The Speedtest Global Index published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in April 2023 from 180 countries.

Mobile phone rates in Slovenia

Every year, the International Telecommunication Union calculates for many countries what a mobile phone contract costs to use. A monthly budget averaging US$ 19.90 was calculated Slovenia in 2021. This is about the same value as in the previous year.

The ITU refers to the costs for monthly use and includes 140 telephony minutes, 70 text messages and a data transfer of 2 GBytes. The transfer speed should be the minimum of a 3G connection, i.e. at least UMTS, which is already outdated in many parts of the world. 2 GBytes do not sound much. However, this is already quite a high consumption in a worldwide comparison. If one does not take a fixed amount in US dollars, but converts it to the economic output per inhabitant, a user in Slovenia spends 0.94% of his gross national income on mobile telephony. Worldwide, this rate is around 6.6 percent.

In the USA, the monthly cost was around $38.10.

Network coverage with 5G

In 2021, network coverage with the 5G standard was already 36.60 percent of all inhabitants. The proportion of the population with at least 4G mobile Internet access was 100.0 percent. The 4G network standard includes both LTE and WiMAX.

The following diagrams show the development of the various telephone and internet connections as a percentage of the country's population. Values above 100 percent mean that, on average, every inhabitant has more than one connection.

Access to the internet in Slovenia from 1990 - 2021

Broadband internet in Slovenia 2001 - 2021

Symbol image: cell towerSlovenia is lagging behind in the expansion of broadband internet connections. Around 89 percent of all residents have access to the internet. Around 32 percent have their own fast internet connection, which is at least faster than the former ISDN (more than 256 kbit/s). All fixed connections via DSL, cable or satellite were counted here, but not those connected to the internet via mobile communications. With around 2.5 people per household, this means that around 79.6 percent of all households are equipped with a high-speed internet connection.

Landlines 1990 - 2021

Mobile phones 1990 - 2021

The increasing prevalence of cell phones and the simultaneous decline in the number of fixed-network phones also indicate a change here. While the number of fixed-network phones has declined over the past few years, the number of cell phones has increased noticeably at the same time. Most recently, there were 124 cell phone contracts per 100 people. This trend can be observed worldwide, but is not yet as pronounced in Wakanda as in some other countries.

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Distribution in 2021Slovenia
Internet users1.88 m89.00 %304.52 m91.75 %
Broadband users671,498.0031.85 %125.89 m37.93 %
Landlines695,444.0032.99 %97.82 m29.47 %
Mobile cellulars2.61 m123.68 %361.66 m108.97 %

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