KEY FIGURES 2016
Number of companies: 3,190
Number of employees: 20,975
Revenues (in €): 3.3 billion
Exports (in €): 1.3 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 2017
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 enrol in the University of Ljubljana or Maribor in ICT programme of studies.
Estimated gross annual labour costs in ICT for 2016
(Total cost per employee in €)
The ICT sector in Slovenia employs today almost 21,000 people in some 3,200 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.
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. In 2014, the average annual export growth rate was over 6%. Exporters of telecommunications account for 26% of overall industry exports followed by providers of IT services (23.7%). Telekom Slovenije and Mobitel are preent in the Western Balkans and with Telekom Slovenije taking control of Mobitel, the group is Slovenian's leading electronic communication service provider.
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 services, 2016
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, 2017
does meet business requirements (voice and data)
- Actual I.T. (Software provider)
- Adacta (IT solutions)
- AMIS / Amisco (Internet service provider)
- Amplexor Adriatic / Euroscript International (Comprehensive solutions for managing documents and processes)
- Aviat / Telsima Corporation (Broadband wireless access & mobility solutions)
- Avtenta (Solutions for communication infrastructure)
- Bankart (ATM network and POS terminals management)
- Comtrade / Comtrade group (Software provider)
- Dewesoft (Hardware solutions for electronic business)
- Ekipa2 (Outfit7) (Entertainment apps; Talking Tom and friends)
- Halcom (Program solutions for electronic business)
- Hewlett Packard / Hewlett-Packard (IT services and products)
- HRC (Software developer)
- IBM Slovenija / IBM World Trade Corporation (IT services)
- Informatika (IT services)
- Iskratel (Telecommunication equipment manufacturer)
- Klika / Sportradar (Sport and betting-related data services)
- Margento R&D / Margento (Mobile transactions and payment solutions)
- Microsoft / Microsoft corporation (Software provider)
- Mikrocop (Document solutions)
- NIL (Data communications service)
- Perftech (IT & communications solutions)
- S&T Slovenija / S&T CEE Holding (IT services)
- Si.mobil / Mobilkom (Mobile telecommunications service provider)
- Smart Com (IT services)
- SRC (IT services)
- Telekom Slovenije (Provider of mobile, fixed and IP communications)
- Telemach (Broadband internet, digital and mobile telephony)
- Tipro / Arnel (Hardware manufacturer)
- Unistar LC (IT & communications solutions)
- XLab (Online collaboration software and sophisticated medical imaging solutions)
- 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