Storm erupts in Slovenia over 5G testing

10 Oct 2018

A controversy has broken out in Slovenia regarding the allocation of frequencies for testing 5G technology. Former Minister of Public Administration Boris Koprivnikar is resigning his position as Executive Director of Business Transformation at local industrial group BTC following press allegations that he had influenced the award of 5G trial frequencies. While Mr Koprivnikar denies any wrongdoing and BTC has said it will return its trial permits, local regulator the Agency for Communications Networks & Services (Agencija za komunikacijska omrezja in storitve, AKOS) is to carry out an extraordinary external review of the frequency allocation procedure.

In a statement, AKOS clarified that BTC had been awarded trial spectrum in the 700MHz and 3.6GHz bands, but said that all awards had been processed in accordance with regulations. Other recipients of 5G test permits include AMZS, Elektro Gorenjska, Internet Institute and Telekom Slovenije.