Mapping broadband coverage in Slovakia

Broadband Coverage in Europe in 2012 - key results for Slovakia

One of the European Union’s most ambitious targets is to make sure that all its citizens can get access to superfast broadband at home, if they choose, by 2020. A new study by Point Topic shows Slovakia is now over 51% towards achieving that aim.

National coverage by broadband technology

Slovakia fell behind the European Union average for all measures of standard and NGA coverage. Whilst it is typical for the more eastern countries in the study to have lower than average standard fixed broadband coverage, most make up for this with very extensive NGA coverage. However in Slovakia even NGA coverage fell slightly behind the EU average.SK tech com 2

Slovakia broadband coverage by technology combination

Slovakia broadband coverage by technology combination – BCE 2012

As the technology profile shows, standard fixed broadband coverage was limited in Slovakia because the DSL network only covered 46% of households and no rural households. HSPA was also comparatively limited, particularly in rural areas. WiMAX filled some of the coverage gap left by DSL and HSPA, particularly in rural areas, and FTTP provided nearly 40% coverage in urban areas. But overall, Slovakia fell behind the EU averages for all standard coverage measures.

SK tech com 2FTTP solutions in Slovakia typically involve fibre backhaul from distribution nodes in large system-built apartment blocks. By the end of 2012 there were none of these apartment blocks in rural areas. There is a cable network in Slovakia, but this only contributed 24% coverage of Docsis 3 services and no coverage in rural areas. Overall we estimate that none of the most rural households in Slovakia could access NGA services and only half could access basic fixed-line broadband services in 2012. Slovakia is covered by satellite broadband, which at least means that its whole population could access at least one basic broadband service.

Slovakia’s cable network grew by over 6p.p. in 2012, but mostly in areas that could already access standard fixed broadband services – overall standard fixed coverage did not grow by much in the year. The extension of the Docsis 3 network did make a positive impact on NGA coverage in Slovakia, which grew by nearly 4p.p. in the year. At the end of 2012 there were only small scale LTE and VDSL deployments.

Slovakia total broadband coverage by technology

Slovakia total broadband coverage by technology – BCE 2012

Slovakia rural broadband coverage by technology

Slovakia rural broadband coverage by technology – BCE 2012

Regional coverage by broadband technology

Standard fixed broadband coverage in Slovakia was highest in the Bratislava province, at 95%. All other provinces had coverage ranging between 70 and 75%.

Bratislava also led on NGA coverage, because it enjoyed the best coverage of Docsis 3 in the country. Coverage was lowest in the Nitriansky province at 40%.

Slovakia standard broadband coverage map

Slovakia standard broadband coverage map

Slovakia NGA broadband coverage map

Slovakia NGA broadband coverage map

Data tables for Slovakia

Find out more

Point Topic maps broadband coverage in every square kilometre across Europe. For more details, please visit the Broadband Competition Map of Europe page or contact Tim Johnson at tim.johnson@point-topic.com or telephone +44(0)20 3301 3303.

 

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