KEY FIGURES 2018
Number of companies: 3,735
Number of employees: 24,036
Revenues (in €): 4.4 billion
Key export markets: Australia, Austria, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Montenegro, Norway, Russian federation, Serbia, Sweden, Turkey, UK, Ukraine, USA
Source: AJPES 2020
Key products and services:
- Telecommunication equipment
- Telecommunication services
- IT services
- Equipment distribution
- Web services
The fast development of the ICT manufacturing and services in Slovenia is a result of systematic human development, well-developed ICT infrastructure and government commitment to boosting the ICT sector as one of the national development priorities.
Creative thinking, pedagogic diversity, intellectual challenge and interdisciplinarity have always been fundamental to education in Slovenia. The goal to deliver teaching and learning programmes that deliver skills for life are attractive to students from all backgrounds and satisfy the need for a pool of talented young people in informatics and related subjects. Secondary education programmes for computer science, electrical engineering and telecommunications attract nearly 5,900 students and some 4,000 students enroll in the University of Ljubljana or Maribor in ICT programme of studies.
The ICT sector in Slovenia employs today about 24,000 people in some 3,700 companies and although ICT manufacturing output showed a high level of resilience during the downturn, it has not escaped unharmed.
To benefit from the EU development policy, Slovenian experts and their foreign partners participate in target-oriented technology platforms within the European and national research programmes and a good grasp of foreign languages is mandatory for R & D activities. According to international rankings, 91% of Slovenians can communicate in at least one world language with the English and German being most widespread and 71% of population is able to communicate in at least two world languages. The widespread knowledge of the languages spoken in the Western Balkans comes in handy when Slovenian ICT companies outsource experts there.
Estimated gross annual labour costs in ICT for 2019
(Total cost per employee in €)
Quality Link to Regional Markets
A central geopolitical position at the cross-roads of trade and transport routes gives Slovenia a cutting edge and explains its historical, cultural and economic profile – the key elements of the country’s economic performance.
The role played by the ICT to Slovenia’s export mix is extremely important. ICT-related export figures have risen sharply.
Slovenian companies are enhancing their presence in foreign markets through outward direct investment. This trend is widely followed by ICT companies, particularly when investing in the emerging markets of the south-eastern Europe. Capital ties are also used to get a foothold in the markets of CIS countries.
Thanks to its position and decades of fostering economic links with its neighbours, Slovenia is in a pole position to serve the markets in the region. The number of international companies setting up their regional hubs in Slovenia is rising attracted by the expertise of local managers, sales force and field engineers and their in-depth knowledge of the regional markets. They speak the language and understand the culture, and have numerous personal and business contacts.
Productivity in Industry and Services, 2018
Related GDP (PPP) per person employed in industry and services (in €)
The availability of efficient infrastructure services is an important determinant of the pace of market development and output growth and facilitates raising capital for further infrastructure assets. In addition to highways and railroads as the backbone of so-called hard infrastructure, Slovenia’s political, institutional and legal environment as the elements of so-called soft infrastructure guarantee freedom of transacting, security of property rights, and transparency of government and legal processes.
Slovenia’s companies and institutions are committed to improving information infrastructure, to developing exportable products with high value added, to developing new knowledge and technologies and to raising the quality of innovation environment with transfer of knowledge into the industry. The progress of the knowledge-based society made so far makes everyday life easier by adding new services such as e-government, e-knowledge and soon e-health, and the inclusion of small and medium enterprises into demanding projects.
Communications Technology, 2019
Leading domestic and foreign-owned companies
- Actual I.T. (Software provider)
- Adacta (IT solutions)
- ADD (Internet service provider)
- Amplexor Adriatic / Amplexor International (Comprehensive solutions for managing documents and processes)
- Aviat / Telsima Corporation (Broadband wireless access & mobility solutions)
- Atech (Eletronics manufacturing services)
- Bankart (ATM network and POS terminals management)
- Bisol Group (Solar industry)
- Bourns / Bourns Limited (Manufacturing overvoltage protective and EMI supression components)
- Comtrade / Comtrade group (Software provider)
- CVS Mobile (Global telematics solutions)
- Dewesoft (Hardware solutions for electronic business)
- Ekipa 2 / Outfit7 (Entertainment apps; Talking Tom and friends)
- EKWB (Liquid cooling solutions)
- EPPS (Remote Printing services, E-invoices, E-archive)
- Eurel (R&D)
- Euro plus (Label management systems)
- Halcom / Constellation Software UK Holdco (Program solutions for electronic business)
- HRC (Software developer)
- IBM Slovenija / IBM World Trade Corporation (IT services)
- Informatika (IT services)
- Intectiv (Manufacturer of printed circuit boards)
- Iskraemeco / Elsewedy Electric Company (Smart solutions)
- Iskratel (Telecommunication equipment manufacturer)
- L-Tek (Solutions provider)
- Margento R&D / Margento (Mobile transactions and payment solutions)
- Mercury Processing Services International / Mercury Processing Services International (Processing services)
- Metrel (Production of electrical measuring instruments and components)
- Microsoft / Microsoft Corporation (Software provider)
- Mikrocop (Document solutions)
- Mikrografija (e-Business solutions)
- NIL (Data communications service)
- Raycap / Raycap (Advanced surge protection solutions)
- RLS / Renishaw International (Manufacturer of encoders for robots)
- Rodex (Mehatronics)
- S&T Slovenija / S&T CEE Holding (IT services)
- Smart Com (IT services)
- Sportradar / Sportradar (Sport and betting-related data services)
- SRC (IT services)
- Unistar LC (IT & Communications solutions)
- Varsi (Manufacturer of varistors)
- XLab (Online collaboration software and sophisticated medical imaging solutions)
Faculties, research institutions and associations
- Universitiy of Ljubljana, Faculty of Computer and Information Science
- University of Maribor, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
- University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Electrical Engineering
- University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Laboratory for Telecommunications
- Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia, Group of Slovenian export-oriented IT companies - ZITex
- ICT Technology Network
- Institute for Project Management & Information Technology
- Jozef Stefan Institute