Mobitel (Slovenia)

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Mobitel, d.d.
Type Public
Industry Mobile telecommunications
Founded 1991
Headquarters Ljubljana, Slovenia
Key people Zoran Janko, Chief Executive Officer
Products Mobile networks, Telecom services, Etc.
Revenue Decrease 410.2 million EUR (2009)

Mobitel is a Slovenian GSM/UMTS/LTE mobile operator. The company is under a 100-per-cent ownership of Telekom Slovenije.

Company history[edit]

Mobitel was established in October 1991[1] as a limited liability company. The founder was SP PTT Ljubljana, which was joined by other Slovenian PTT companies by the end of the year. In November 1992, Mobitel was transformed into a public limited company. In 1991, the company already set up the NMT analogue network for mobile telephony in Slovenia.

In 1994, PTT Slovenija separated postal and telecommunication activities and transferred the latter, together with the infrastructure, to the newly founded Telekom Slovenije, which became the owner of a 100-per-cent share of Mobitel.

In 1995, Mobitel became the national operator of digital mobile telecommunications by the decree of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia. By the summer of 1996, the company thus built the base of the GSM network. In 1996, the company also became a member of the international GSM Association,[2] uniting GSM operators and GSM device manufacturers. The membership in the Association enabled the establishing of the first contracts on mutual roaming in foreign networks. By July 1996, the company provided a 40% GSM coverage of the population.

By 2000, 1,000,000 users already used Mobitel services in the GSM and NMT networks. In November 2001, the company was the first in Slovenia to obtain a concession contract for UMTS – the third generation of mobile telecommunications.

In addition to telephony, the existing network enabled also a series of additional services. In 2001, the company introduced GPRS data transfer, in 2002 the network started supporting MMS multimedia messages, since 2003, network users have been able to access multimedia content on the mobile portal Planet and, in December 2003, Mobitel launched the UMTS third generation network, the first in the world. In 2008, the whole UMTS network was upgraded by the HSDPA and HSUPA technologies, also called 3.5 G. Currently the company is upgrading its network with the HSPA+ technology.[3]

In March 2013 Mobitel launched LTE network on frequency 1800 MHz, covering 27 cities with 93 cell sites (37,25% of population), expanding it’s coverage to 31 cities (39,75% of population) in April.[4][5] By the end of 2013 Mobitel astimates they will have 250 operational LTE cell sites.[6]

In June 2014 Mobitel extended their LTE network by using the new awarded 800 MHz frequency.[7]

In addition to the GSM/UMTS/LTE network, Mobitel also offers WLAN wireless internet access via the NeoWLAN network.

Subsidiaries[edit]

  • Soline, pridelava soli d.o.o.[8] – salt-producing company founded in 2002, in charge of preserving the Sečovlje saltpans as an important part of Slovenian natural and cultural heritage and ensuring further development of Slovene traditional salt production.
  • Planet 9 d.o.o.[9] – founded in 2003. The company is in charge of ensuring advanced multimedia contents for Mobitel’s multimedia portals. Its services cover areas such as IPTV, online video, mobile solutions, web services, portals social networks, and other communication solutions.[10]
  • M-Pay d.o.o.[11] – M-Pay was established in 2004, jointly by Mobitel and Nova KBM bank. The company is the leading provider of mobile payment for products and services in the Slovene market. The company ensures the functioning and expansion of the system of mobile payment Moneta. Current partners also includes Debitel, Poštna banka Slovenije and Simobil.

Mobitel network information[edit]

Mobitel covers 99,7% of Slovenian population with GSM, 91,42% with UMTS and 39,75% with LTE network.[12] It provides its users with the top roaming options, because it provides the use of mobile services of foreign operators in most countries over the globe.[13]

Mobitel services[edit]

Mobitel offers most of the services[14] that the big operators provide in developed markets. Among others:

  • Planet – mobile and web portal with news, useful information and entertaining content that, in five years, developed into a medium in its own right
  • Mobile e-mail: in addition to the global BlackBerry service, an even more affordable, in part, Mobitel’s own solution, Integral
  • M:Navigator – GPS navigation on the mobile phone with the download of maps via the GSM network
  • Moneta – a service of mobile payment, with realizations for vending machines, POS terminals and internet shopping
  • Mobile TV – following selected TV stations live on mobile phones, streamed via the 3G network. The basic station offer includes TV Slovenia 1 and 2, POP TV, Kanal A, Šport TV 1 and 2, Čarli TV, Info TV, Cartoon Network, Golica TV and TV Pika.
  • M:Music – shopping for music directly on the mobile phone
  • M:Rokovnik (M:Organiser) – creating a backup copy of contacts and the calendar
  • M:Namiznik (M:Desktop) – a programme for sending SMS messages via a computer
  • M4 – an overall offer of telecommunications services of internet, telephony, IP television and mobile telephony, in cooperation with Telekom Slovenije
  • Družinska vez (Family Connection) – a comprehensive offer of telecommunication services for the entire family
  • M:Certifikat (M:Certificate)
  • M:Stik (M:Contact)
  • M-Vrata (M-Doors)

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