Tax increases that came into effect in Slovenia at the beginning of this month will have a direct impact on subscription fees charged by providers of electronic communications services.
The incumbent telco Telekom Slovenije has already announced that, in the light of its heavy investment (€13 million in Q1 this year alone) in infrastructure also used by alternative providers and “unrealistically low prices”, it will be introducing a number of changes from September.
These will see the cost of all its IPTV service SiOL TV package rise by €3 a month, other than for those that include the internet, which will remain frozen until the end of the year. There will also be a charge on €7 a month, again with some exceptions, for subscribers who access SiOL TV through its fibre-optic network. They already benefit from being able to receive such additional services as HD channels.
Also from September, Telekom Slovenije will re-introduce packages, varying in price from €26-37 a month, that do not include the internet.
Dnevnik reports other IPTV providers (Amis and T-2) will also increase their prices in September. It adds that according to the latest available figures, Telekom Slovenije has 113,088 TV subscribers and a 61% share of the country’s IPTV market. The telco also has a 45.2% share of the fixed broadband access market.