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Hungary - Key Statistics, Regulatory and Fixed-line Telecoms Overviews


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Hungary was early to deregulate its telecoms market but interconnection and loop unbundling disputes delayed full and effective competition. Rigorous in promoting competition, the regulator has reduced interconnection and access tariffs to levels average for the EU region. As in many other markets the fixed-line sector is shrinking due to the trend of fixed-to-mobile substation, with fixed-line operators looking to broadband internet access and broadband-based services to boost revenue. The economic crisis has affected telecom revenue, exacerbated by the government’s recent telecom taxes which have been criticised by the EC. This report provides an overview of Hungary’s telecoms and IT market, highlighting regulatory developments, major operators, fixed-line network infrastructure, and a variety of insightful statistics.

Key developments:

Telecoms tax raises HUF61 billion but cuts into operator profits and CAPEX; EC request government to amend crisis tax; operators reporting lower revenue; new access regulations incorporate fibre and cable infrastructure sharing; National Media and Infocommunication Authority inaugurated to oversee telecoms sector; regulator market data to Mar 2013; telco’s financial and operating data for Q4 2012; market developments to May 2013.

Companies covered in the report include:

Magyar Telekom, Invitel, Antenna Hungaria and GTS-Datanet.


1. Synopsis
2. Key statistics
3. Telecommunications market
3.1 Economic background
3.2 Overview of Hungary’s telecom market
4. Regulatory environment
4.1 Background
4.1.1 Unified Telecommunications Act 2001
4.1.2 Electronic Communications Act 2003
4.1.3 EU Regulatory Framework
4.1.4 Revised NFR
4.2 Regulatory authority
4.2.1 Nemzeti Hírközlési Hatóság (NHH)
4.3 Telecom sector liberalisation in Hungary
4.3.1 Privatisation
4.3.2 Interconnect
4.3.3 Access
4.3.4 Number Portability (NP)
4.3.5 Carrier selection (CS) and carrier preselection (CPS)
5. Fixed network operators in Hungary
5.1 Market overview
5.2 Magyar Telekom
5.2.1 International expansion
5.3 Invitel
5.4 Monor
5.5 GTS-Datanet
5.6 Antenna Hungária
6. Telecommunications infrastructure
6.1 National telecom network
6.1.1 Magyar Telekom
6.1.2 Alternative operators
6.2 International infrastructure
7. Wholesaling
7.1 Overview
8. Related reports
Table 1 – Country statistics – 2012 (e)
Table 2 – Telephone network statistics – 2013 (Mar)
Table 3 – Internet subscriber statistics – 2012
Table 4 – Mobile statistics – 2013 (Mar)
Table 5 – National telecommunications authority
Table 6 – Proportion of voice lines by technology – 2010 - 2012
Table 7 – VoIP and VoCATV lines in service – 2008 - 2013
Table 8 – Fixed-voice market share by operator – 2011 - 2013
Table 9 – Magyar Telekom Group financial data – 2006 - 2012
Table 10 – Magyar Telekom domestic financial data – 2011 - 2012
Table 11 – Magyar Telekom subscribers by sector – 2011 - 2012
Table 12 – Invitel financial data – 2009 - 2012
Table 13 – Invitel financial data by sector – 2010 - 2012
Table 14 – Invitel subscribers – 2010 - 2012
Table 15 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2000 - 2013
Table 16 – Total international internet bandwidth – 2000 - 2012
Chart 1 – VoIP and VoCATV lines in service – 2008 - 2013
Chart 2 – Magyar Telekom Group financial data – 2006 – 2012
Chart 3 – Magyar Telekom subscribers by sector – 2011 – 2012
Chart 4 – Invitel subscribers – 2010 – 2012
Chart 5 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2000 – 2013
Exhibit 1 – The EU regulatory framework for communications
Exhibit 2 – Access, the local loop and unbundling – an overview
Exhibit 3 – Number portability defined
Exhibit 4 – Carrier selection and carrier preselection overview

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