At the end of 2018, there were a fifth more users of the Slovenian mobile network than at the end of 2008. In 2018 they sent four times as many SMSs as in 2008. In ten years the time of mobile phone conversations went up by a half, and the number of calls down by 5%.
Combating the 21st century’s new addiction – non-stop mobile availability
The World Day Without Mobile Phone was first introduced by the French writer Phil Marso on 6 February 2001. Over the years, this day has expanded to three days, running from 6 to 8 February each year. This year marks the 20th consecutive year. The number of world days without mobile has been extended in 2020 throughout the week between 3 and 9 February.
The purpose of world days without mobile phone is to draw attention to the increasing use of this communication device. The expression nomophobia first appeared in 2008 in the United Kingdom (no-mobile-phobia) and indicates fear or feeling anxious about either losing your mobile phone or staying without access to a mobile network or losing phone numbers or having an empty battery, in short, not being available on your phone.
This year's motto of the world without mobile phone week is 5G: Promise of captivity?
More mobile network users than population
In 2018, 96% of households in Slovenia had at least one mobile phone, which is 74 percentage points more than in 2000, when one in five households had a mobile phone (22%).
At the end of 2008, there were approximately 2 million private and business users of the Slovenian mobile network, and by the end of 2018 there were almost 2.5 million users. The number of mobile network users increased by a fifth in ten years. The number of users increased due to an increase in the number of subscribers by a half (48%), while the number of prepaid users decreased by a third (32%).
In 2018, the penetration rate of all (private and business) active mobile network users in Slovenia was 119%, which means there were almost a fifth more mobile network users than population. In 2007, the penetration rate was 95%, exceeding the 100% limit in 2008, when it was 102%.
Expenditure on mobile phones higher
In Slovenia a household member spent on mobile telephony devices on average almost EUR 33 in 2018, which is 4.5 times as much as in 2012 (EUR 7). In 2018, a household member spent on mobile telephony on average EUR 162. Not all mobile telephony expenditure is covered here, as part of this is also included in packet telecommunications services, which, in addition to mobile telephony, may also cover fixed telephony, television or Internet expenditure and cannot be shown separately by individual service.
The time of mobile phone conversations up, the number of calls down
Almost 4.7 billion minutes or 78 million hours of outgoing traffic from Slovenian mobile networks were recorded in 2018. Mobile network users talked on the phone on average 5 minutes a day (making the call themselves).
The time of mobile phone conversations or outgoing traffic from mobile networks increased by a half (48%) in 2018 compared to 2008. It increased the least within own mobile network, by 3%. Outgoing traffic to fixed networks increased by 44% and to international networks by 50%. From 2008 to 2018, outgoing traffic from mobile to other mobile networks increased by 176%.
Almost 1.9 billion outgoing calls from Slovenian mobile networks were recorded in 2018, which is on average 5.2 million outgoing calls per day. In 2018, each mobile network user made 770 calls on average or about 2 calls a day.
The number of outgoing calls from mobile networks decreased by 5% in 2018 compared to 2008. In 2010, the highest number of calls was recorded so far. In ten years the number of outgoing calls within own mobile network decreased the most, by 27%. The number of outgoing calls to international networks decreased by 23% and to fixed networks by 6%. From 2008 to 2018, the number of outgoing calls from mobile to other mobile networks increased by a half (54%).
The number of MMS messages is increasing and the number of SMS messages is decreasing
In 2018, all (private and business) users of Slovenian mobile networks sent almost 2.7 billion SMS messages, which is on average 7.4 million SMS messages per day. Each mobile network user sent on average about 1,100 SMS messages or 3 per day in 2018 (international roaming not included).
In 2018, we sent four times as many SMS messages as in 2008. The number of SMS messages sent exceeded 1 billion in 2010 and 2 billion in 2013. In 2018, a slight decrease in the number of SMS messages sent was observed as Slovene mobile network users sent 1% fewer SMSs than in 2017.
In 2018, users of Slovenian mobile networks sent also 89 million MMS messages, which is on average about 244,000 MMS messages sent per day.
The number of MMS messages sent in 2018 was 8.5 times as many as in 2008. The number of MMS messages sent is still increasing and has increased by a fifth in one year.
Data transfer on mobile broadband access is increasing
In 2018, almost 85 million data points were transferred through mobile broadband, which was about 12 times as many as in 2014. This shows that the way of communication has changed in both the private and business world. Via mobile or smartphone we communicate on social networks, we do more and more activities in the private as well as in the business sphere, and we spend more and more time on it. This was also caused by a change in European legislation in the field of electronic communications, which encouraged greater use of internet access via mobile devices and thus more data transfer.