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Slovakia - Premium SMS, Short Code Requirements

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The regulations in Slovakia caters and covers all of the Mobile Payment types, that includes Premium SMS BillingStandard Rate ServicesShort Codes, WAP Billing and Operator Billing.


Regulator

About_Us.png Telecommunications Office of the Slovak Republic

 Telecommunications Office of the Slovak Republic is to mandate the regulation of electronic communications, especially the fulfillment of obligations supporting competition, development of common European market, protect the interests of end users, the amicable settlement of disputes and ensuring compliance with the requirements for the implementation of activities under the Act. 610/2003 Zz on electronic communications, as amended (hereinafter the Law on electronic communications) related generally binding legal regulations, technical regulations, technical standards, international treaties, which the Slovak Republic is bound and recommendations of international organizations in the field of electronic communications.

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Carriers

tmobile_logo___Google_Search.png T-Mobile (Telekom*)

*Partially owned by Telekom

The T-Mobile brand entered the Slovak market in May 2005, after rebranding the EuroTel network from Eurotel Bratislava to T-Mobile Slovensko. The company Eurotel Bratislava was partially owned by Slovak Telekom, an incumbent fixed-line operator, which later acquired a one hundred percent stake in Eurotel Bratislava. 

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logo_orange.jpg Orange

 

Orange Slovensko is a mobile operator company, however now also offering fibre connections, operating in Slovakia since 15 January 1997 (previously named Globtel), when it became the first mobile operator in Slovakia to operate the GSM digital mobile network at the 900 MHz frequency.

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Market Statistics 

Summary

Despite liberalisation Slovakia’s incumbent maintains a near monopoly of the fixed-line market. Alternative operators have entered the market although competitive pressures have forced a number of mergers and acquisitions, resulting in a small number of larger alternative operators. The telecoms regulator has commenced a second round of market reviews, the results of which should improve market conditions and stimulate competition. 

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Geography
Area: Total: 49,035 sq km Land: 48,105 sq km Water: 930 sq km
Cities: BRATISLAVA (capital) 428,000 (2009)
Terrain: rugged mountains in the central and northern part and lowlands in the south
Climate: temperate; cool summers; cold, cloudy, humid winters

 

People
Nationality: Noun: Slovak(s) Adjective: Slovak
Population: 5,477,038 (July 2011 est.)
Annual population growth rate: 0.117% (2011 est.)
Language: Slovak (official) 83.9%, Hungarian 10.7%, Roma 1.8%, Ukrainian 1%, other or unspecified 2.6% 
Flag: flag_slovakia.gif

 

Government
Type: parliamentary democracy
Independence: 1 January 1993 (Czechoslovakia split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia)
Constitution: Ratified 1 September 1992, effective 1 January 1993; changed September 1998; amended February 2001
Branches: Chief of state: President Ivan GASPAROVIC; head of government: Prime Minister Iveta RADICOVA; Deputy Prime Ministers Jan FIGEL, Ivan MIKLOS, Jozef MIHAL, Rudolf CHMEL; cabinet: Cabinet appointed by the president on the recommendation of the prime minister
Political parties: Parties in the Parliament:: Bridge or Most-Hid; Christian Democratic Movement; Direction-Social Democracy; Freedom and Solidarity; Slovak Democratic and Christian Union-Democratic Party; Slovak National Party. selected parties outside the Parliament:: Alliance for a Europe of Nations; Association of Slovak Workers; Civic Conservative Party; Green Party; Party of the Democratic Left; Party of the Hungarian Coalition; People's Party - Movement for a Democratic Slovakia; People's Party - Our Slovakia; Slovak Communist Party; Union - Party for Slovakia
Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal

Economy
Nominal GDP: $120.2 billion (2010 est.)
GDP per capita: $22,000 (2010 est.)
Annual GDP growth rate: 4% (2010 est.)
Natural resources: Brown coal and lignite; small amounts of iron ore, copper and manganese ore; salt; arable land
Agriculture: Grains, potatoes, sugar beets, hops, fruit; pigs, cattle, poultry; forest products
Industry: Metal and metal products; food and beverages; electricity, gas, coke, oil, nuclear fuel; chemicals and manmade fibers; machinery; paper and printing; earthenware and ceramics; transport vehicles; textiles; electrical and optical apparatus; rubber products
Trade: Export - Germany 20.1%, Czech Republic 14.8%, Poland 7.9%, Hungary 7.3%, France 7.2%, Austria 7.1%, Italy 5.8% (2010) Import - Czech Republic 18.9%, Germany 18.3%, Russia 9.5%, Hungary 7.4%, Poland 5.6%, South Korea 5.1%, Austria 4.9%, Italy 4.1% (2010)

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Market Growth

General region↓ Total number of Internet users (thousands)↓ Internet Users per 100 inhab.↓ Total population (thousands)↓ GDP per capita↓ GDP total (thousands)↓ Mobile subscibers per 100 inhab.↓ Total number of mobile subscribers (thousands)↓
Europe 1298 75.0 5,418 $15906 $86262000 101.5 6151
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Currency

The euro (sign: €; code: EUR) is the official currency of Slovakia.

10 EUR in £GBP

10 EUR in $USD

 

Approval Process

As part of the application process for a short code, you will need to complete a txtNation Customer Care Form (CCF).

 

Promotional Guidelines

You will need to ensure that you include the following points on your promotion:

- Price in "x.xx + standard network rate" format
- Price immediately following the short code / keywords
- Price in at least 50% font size of the short code / keywords
- If competition provide a free route of entry
- "This is not a subscription service." present
- "Need help? {Insert non-premium helpline number or email address}."

 

Messages Flow Requirements

There are currently no written regulations at the time of writing for Slovakia. Your CCF will still be evaluated to ensure your service is delivering value for money and is honest and fair.

 

Service Types

- Adult is possible but approval is required from the networks. 

All services will be reviewed to ensure that you are delivering value for money and the service is honest and fair. 

 

Billing Types

We operate on Mobile Terminated (MT) billed line on dedicated lines in the Slovakia. See forum entry "What are the SMS billing types available?" for more information on these billing types.

 

Available Tariffs

The current available tariffs in Slovakia is:

€1.19, €1.20, €1.58, €1.59, €1.60, €2.00, €3.00, €4.00.

For a more up to date list of tariffs please ask your Account Manager for a Slovakia Premium SMS Rate Card.

 

Shortcodes and Keywords

On our dedicated code in Slovakia, we operate on a 4 digit short code for each carrier. 

 

Tax

The current Slovakia rate of tax is available via Wikipedia. The out-payments on our rate cards are exclusive of VAT, so if you are VAT registered you can claim a higher outpayment than is shown.

 

Dedicated Codes 

Dedicated codes are available with a 2 - 5 week lead time depending on carrier availability, the carriers approve based on their backlog, the time of year, price point and service type. You can read more about Short Code Coverage, SMS Billing Services and Mobile Payments in Slovakia via the txtNation Gateway.

 

Slovakia has the following Mobile Payment options available, all of which fall under these regulations:

  • Premium SMS (P-SMS) including Short Code services
  • Operator Billing (Direct-to-bill)
  • WAP Billing
  • MSISDN Pass-through

Additional options for Mobile Payments and Messaging in Slovakia include:

  • HLR Lookup
  • Bulk SMS

Note: This page is updated as frequently as possible when we are informed from the regulators or mobile operators in Slovakia of a change or update in regulations. There may be a latest version of Premium SMS, Mobile Payments or Short Code Regulations in Slovakia. Please contact your account manager for more information.

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