Slovakia Communications - 2021


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Telephones - fixed lines

total subscriptions: 675,297

subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 12.41 (2019 est.)

country comparison to the world: 85

Telephones - mobile cellular

total subscriptions: 7,399,534

subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 135.96 (2019 est.)

country comparison to the world: 103

Telecommunication systems

general assessment:

a modern telecom system; one operator has near monopoly of fixed-line market; competition in mobile- and fixed-broadband market; broadband growth in recent years; competition among DSL, cable, and fiber platforms; FttP growth in cities; operator launched 1Gb/s cable broadband service in 3 cities and 200,000 premises in 2019; EU funding for development and improvement of e-government and online services; regulator prepared groundwork for 5G services in 2020 (2021)


domestic: four companies have a license to operate cellular networks and provide nationwide cellular services; a few other companies provide services but do not have their own networks; fixed-line 12 per 100 and mobile-cellular 136 per 100 teledensity (2019)

international: country code - 421; 3 international exchanges (1 in Bratislava and 2 in Banska Bystrica) are available; Slovakia is participating in several international telecommunications projects that will increase the availability of external services; connects to DREAM cable (2017)

note: the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a significant impact on production and supply chains globally; since 2020, some aspects of the telecom sector have experienced downturn, particularly in mobile device production; many network operators delayed upgrades to infrastructure; progress towards 5G implementation was postponed or slowed in some countries; consumer spending on telecom services and devices was affected by large-scale job losses and the consequent restriction on disposable incomes; the crucial nature of telecom services as a tool for work and school from home became evident, and received some support from governments

Broadcast media

state-owned public broadcaster, Radio and Television of Slovakia (RTVS), operates 2 national TV stations and multiple national and regional radio networks; roughly 50 privately owned TV stations operating nationally, regionally, and locally; about 40% of households are connected to multi-channel cable or satellite TV; 32 privately owned radio stations

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Internet users

total: 4,391,969

percent of population: 80.66% (July 2018 est.)

country comparison to the world: 89

Broadband - fixed subscriptions

total: 1,585,092

subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 29.12 (2019 est.)

country comparison to the world: 63

NOTE: The information regarding Slovakia on this page is re-published from the 2021 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency and other sources. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Slovakia 2021 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Slovakia 2021 should be addressed to the CIA or the source cited on each page.

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