Building an open source mapping system for support of regulatory activities in the field of electronic communications networks

dr. Tomaž Šturm

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Agency for Communication Networks and Services of the Republic of Slovenia (AKOS) is the national regulator and one of its missions is to promote competition, to ensure equal conditions for the operation of electronic communication network operators and service providers. AKOS established open source mapping system using PostgreSQL/PostGIS, QGIS and Geoserver for effective supervision of electronic communications and services. Database consists of spatially oriented data as well as attribute data collected from owners of electronic communications infrastructure and different public institutions e.g. The surveying and mapping authority of the RS, Ministry of the interior, etc. Combining these data gives AKOS complete overview of the networks availability and population/homes coverages by various broadband and mobile networks. Database is being updated every few months with newer data, so we can monitor development of broadband services by years and by owners of communications infrastructure. AKOS launched an open portal to enable public access to the part of these data for interested stakeholders in 2019. Main purpose of this portal is to reduce costs of building superfast networks (VHCN), encourage co-usage and joint construction.