Annual report 2012

Research and development services

A programme for young researches from the commercial sector, co-financed by the European Social Fund, continued successfully at Telekom Slovenije. Seven young researchers are carrying out in-depth studies from various areas of electronic communications such as:

  • fourth generation mobile broadband networks (LTE),
  • the Internet of Things,
  • communication between the devices,
  • wireless sensor networks,
  • cloud computing,
  • data mining,
  • smart homes,
  • mobile user context,
  • effective bridging of broadband gaps, and
  • various optimisation methods in the field of telecommunications.

Cooperation with public research organisation continues, in particular with the Jožef Stefan Institute and the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at the University of Ljubljana. The Group has signed framework cooperation agreements, which are supported by specific research and development projects.

We have submitted applications in a number of national and international research and development tenders. As the leading partner of a consortium of 13 partners from five countries in the FP7 programme, the Group was awarded the eBADGE project in 2012. The project will include the development of Smart Grids. With this, we have set down an important guideline in the field of research and development for the co-existence of electrical and telecommunication operators. The project will last three years, with a budget of EUR 5 million, EUR 3.2 million of which will be financed by the European Commission. More about the project can be found on website.

Activities were also carried out at international organisations. In the scope of its activities as a member of the UMTS Forum management committee and within the ETNO, the Group supported the provision of new frequency bands for mobile networks at the next WRC-15 Conference. Activities within the UMTS Forum were supplemented by numerous appearances at international conferences, where arguments for providing additional frequencies were presented. Those frequencies will facilitate higher data transfer speeds in the mobile networks of the future.

The Group introduced a new concept for the development of prototypes that will facilitate the more expedient development of advanced solutions and represent the laboratory environment to implement new, co-financed research and development projects in the future. The research group’s objective is to finance more than 50 % of its own human resources by 2014, and to establish an innovative environment.

The TSstartup business incubator was also set up in September. Over the next four months, the incubator offered selected companies and developers the opportunity to develop and introduce new business solutions that can be successfully launched on the market. A total of 11 out of the 78 teams that applied participated in the project. Companies, teams and individuals developed web, mobile and telecommunication solutions. Two teams split the prize fund of EUR 30,000, awarded by an expert committee at the end of the project. More about the project can be found on website