"Infrastructure to meet the Digital Agenda targets and what beyond
the case of Slovenia"
29th Workshop on Telecommunications VITEL 2013
Brdo pri Kranju, Slovenia, 27 to 28 May 2013
Association of Slovenia (a sister society of IEEE ComSoc), IEEE Communication Society
Chapter of Slovenia and Slovenian and Slovenian Electronic Communications Society are organizing the 29th
Workshop on Telecommunications VITEL 2013 which will be held fr
om 27 to 28 May 2013 at Congress Centre Brdo
pri Kranju in Slovenia.
In May 2010 the European Union adopted the Digital Agenda as one of the seven key initiatives of development
strategy Europe 2020, recognizing that a good ICT infrastructure a
nd its effective use are crucial for digital society and
economic progress. Digital Agenda requires from EU Member States to take appropriate local measures for its
realization by 2020. At 29th VITEL workshop we want to address infrastructural aspect of en
suring this initiative,
which provides basic broadband to all Europeans by 2013, at least a speed of 30 Mbps for all European households and
the possibility of connection at a speed of 100 Mbps for half of European households by 2020. It is estimated that
infrastructure for the realization of the objectives of the EU needs 200 billion euros. Some say that the Digital Agenda
recorded ambitious targets but we already see that the most developed Asian countries this has been achieved and that
es are strong and growing.
What about Slovenia?
In Slovenia more than two
thirds of households are using broadband, and more than 10% of the households have
optical access to the Internet. That is not bad, Slovenia is on the average of the EU, but in rec
ent years we have
witnessed stagnation. It is the time to highlight these problems and find suggestions of what should be the relevant
national objectives in this area and how to achieve them.
At the workshop we want to address:
. Will S
lovenia be among the best in the EU and an example for the others, or just want to reach
minimum goals? Next generation networks are being built for 30 to 50 years, so the question is what strategic
objectives we have for the period after 2020? How Sloveni
a can benefit from the instruments and resources of the EU
budget for the years 2014
Technological development aspects. How long shell we insist on copper access lines? What can bring alternative
technologies (DOCSIS 3.x on cable networks, LTE, other
fixed broadband wireless networks, and satellite
communications)? What topology/technology ratio and the technologies are best suited for the Slovenian market? Can
the new long
term ICT infrastructure meet requirements of various industrial segments? Have
boundary conditions been already taken for open networks and open access to them? What are the practices and models
of construction of Open Broadband Networks in other EU countries?
. Future modernization and expansion o
f the Slovenian network for the provision of the Digital
Agenda is estimated at 400 to 500 million euros. Analysis shows that high level of network utilization (> 50%) is the
key factor for the profitability of investments. What should be the expected long
term return on investment of the
Slovenian ICT infrastructure? Can Slovenia afford more than one competitive infrastructure? Where can be found
regular sources of funds for upgrading networks, what is their maturity? Is it acceptable concept that Slovenia
infrastructure operators profits are not reinvested in the ICT sector? Are Slovenian users of ICT services (industry,
citizens) globally competitive with a price to be paid to the network operators for their investment and maintenance of
the networks? Wh
ich business models can improve the utilization of the networks? Last year the European Commission
recommended a number of measures to be taken and to be implemented by the state regulators to reduce construction
costs. What are the findings and best pract
ices in Slovenia?
At the end of 2012 the European Commission began to think about a single pan
ICT infrastructure. In Slovenia, the law allows differentiation of networks and services. Can this result in more
usiness operations, long
term sustainable investments and technological modernization? Will this allow a
private partnership in infrastructure investment? Where are the traps of such a model? Has anyone (regulator,
the State or the professional publ
ic) already modeled or simulated such a model? Will we make a good business
ecosystem for Slovenian breakthrough or will be forced to take the EU practice? Whether and how to organize and
establish Slovenian infrastructure holding company? What will be the
regulation of open broadband networks?
There are a lot of dilemmas and questions, so we invite you to participate with your professional contribution.