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Hungary - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Hungary - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Hungary’s 5G Coalition partners make progress with 5G
As in many other markets in the region, in Hungary the number of fixed-lines, as also fixed-line revenue, has been affected by the changing consumer use of such services and by the trend for fixed-to-mobile substitution. Fixed-line operators have thus looked to fixed-line and mobile broadband services to boost revenue. The economic crisis also affected telecom revenue, though recovery since 2013 has increased disposable income among consumers and so helped revitalise sector revenue. However, financial recovery among telcos has been rendered more difficult by the government’s telecom and utility taxes. The tax on internet data traffic was criticised by the European Commission, and the government responded by reducing the rate to 18% in early 2017. Other taxes on calls and messaging services are also in place.
The dynamic mobile market is served by three mobile network operators and a growing number of MVNOs. The bundled services operator Digi Telecommunications has built up a mobile network and in July 2017 further expanded into the fixed-line sector by acquiring the second largest telco Invitel. Mobile penetration is relatively high for the region, and there remains considerable growth in mobile broadband services delivered via upgraded networks. Maygar Telekom is at the forefront of 5G developments, supported by the government, universities, other telcos and vendors forming the Hungarian 5G Coalition
The broadband market has benefited from intense infrastructure-based competition, with the result that broadband penetration is relatively high for the region. There is an extensive cable network, mainly operated by UPC Hungary, competing against DSL services and a vibrant and rapidly expanding fibre sector. The regulator has introduced a number of measures aimed at promoting market competition which together with demand for bandwidth are pushing the drive for higher speed platforms. This has encouraged operators to invest in technology upgrades with a focus on fibre deployments. The incumbent telco Maygar Telekom has built an extensive 1Gb/s footprint, and has also launched a 2Gb/s fibre service. Both of these technologies will be increasingly important to the market during the next few years. It is expected that UPC Hungary will shortly deploy DOCSIS3.1 technology, providing data at 1Gb/s or higher. In addition, amendments to the Utility Tax have encouraged operators to accelerate the deployment of superfast networks (those which provide data of at least 30Mb/s).
This report provides an overview of Hungary’s telecoms market, highlighting regulatory developments, major operators, fixed-line network infrastructure, and a variety of insightful statistics. The report also reviews the mobile voice and data markets, covering the major players and regulatory measures as well as developments in technologies. In addition the report covers the fixed and fixed-wireless broadband sectors, including market analyses, statistics and subscriber forecasts.

Key developments:

Maygar Telekom launches a 2Gb/s fibre service;
Government invests HUF150 billion in program to deliver universal 30Mb/s broadband services by 2018;
Digi acquires Invitel;
Utility Tax amendments favouring superfast broadband network roll-outs;
FttX subscriber base broaches 600,000;
Maygar Telekom launches NB-IoT platform;
Hungarian 5G Coalition partners trial data rates at up to 22Gb/s;
Magyar Telekom and Telenor Hungary expand LTE coverage through joint network;
Report update includes the regulator’s market data to October 2017, telcos’ operating and financial data to Q3 2017, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

UPC Hungary, Maygar Telecom, Hungarotel, GTS Datanet, B2B Europe, Magyar Telecom, Invitel, Antenna Hungaria, T-Mobile Hungary, Telenor Hungary, Vodafone Hungary


  • Executive Summary
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Country statistics - 2017 (e)
    • Table Telephone network statistics - 2017 (e)
    • Table Internet subscriber statistics - 2017 (e)
    • Table Mobile statistics - 2017 (e)
    • Table National telecommunications authority
    • COUNTRY OVERVIEW
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • TELECOM TAX
    • INTERNET TAX
    • UTILITY TAX
      • Table Maygar Telecom telecom tax contributions - 2010 - 2017
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
    • UNIFIED TELECOMMUNICATIONS ACT 2001
    • ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS ACT 2003
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITY
      • Telecom sector liberalisation
      • Privatisation
      • Interconnect
      • Access
      • Number Portability (NP)
        • Table Fixed-number portings - 2014 - 2016
      • Carrier selection (CS) and carrier preselection (CPS)
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS
    • INTRODUCTION
      • Table Fixed-voice market share of subscribers by major operator - 2011 - 2017
      • Table Fixed-voice market share by minor operator - 2011 - 2017
      • Table Market share of fixed telephony by service - 2012 - 2017
    • MAGYAR TELEKOM
      • Table Magyar Telekom Group financial data - 2006 - 2017
      • Table Magyar Telekom domestic financial data - 2011 - 2017
      • Table Magyar Telekom subscribers by sector - 2011 - 2017
      • International expansion
    • INVITEL
      • Table Invitel financial data by sector - 2010 - 2015
      • Table Invitel financial data by sector (new format) - 2015 - 2016
      • Table Invitel subscribers - 2010 - 2016
    • MONOR
    • B2B EUROPE
    • ANTENNA HUNGÁRIA
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • Table Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 2000 - 2009
      • Table Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 2010 - 2018
      • Table Fixed-line voice traffic - 2002 - 2016
      • Magyar Telekom
      • Alternative operators
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Table Total international internet bandwidth - 2000 - 2016
    • WHOLESALING
  • BROADBAND MARKET
    • INTRODUCTION AND STATISTICAL OVERVIEW
      • Market analysis
      • Broadband statistics
        • Table Internet access revenue by platform - 2002 - 2016
        • Table Dial-up internet traffic - 2002 - 2015
        • Table Historic - Internet users and penetration rates - 1999 - 2009
        • Table Internet users and penetration rates - 2010 - 2017
        • Table Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rate - 2000 - 2018
        • Table Fixed broadband market share of subscribers by major operator - 2011 - 2017
        • Table Fixed broadband market share of subscribers by minor operator - 2011 - 2017
        • Table Fixed broadband lines above 30Mb/s, by platform - 2011 - 2017
        • Table Proportion of household internet connections by type - 2011 - 2016
      • Forecasts - fixed broadband subscribers - 2018; 2020; 2022
        • Table Forecast fixed broadband subscribers - 2018; 2020; 2022
    • HYBRID FIBRE COAX (HFC) NETWORKS
      • Table Cable broadband subscribers - 2003 - 2017
      • Table UPC cable broadband subscribers - 2003 - 2017
      • Table Magyar Telekom cable broadband subscribers - 2004 - 2017
    • ASYMMETRICAL DIGITAL SUBSCRIBER LINE (ADSL)
      • Table DSL broadband subscribers - 2007 - 2017
      • Table Magyar Telekom retail DSL subscribers - 2004 - 2017
    • FIBRE-TO-THE-PREMISES (FTTP) NETWORKS
      • Table FttX broadband subscribers - 2010 - 2017
      • Table Magyar Telekom FttX subscribers - 2010 - 2017
    • OTHER FIXED BROADBAND SERVICES
      • Table Wireless broadband subscribers - 2006 - 2016
      • Wi-Fi
      • Satellite broadband
  • DIGITAL ECONOMY
    • E-GOVERNMENT
      • Table Use of e-government services (proportion of internet users) - 2010 - 2016
      • Infrastructure
    • E-HEALTH
    • E-COMMERCE
    • E-EDUCATION
  • MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • General statistics
        • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1998 - 2009
        • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2010 - 2018
        • Table Mobile voice market share by SIM cards - 2006 - 2017
        • Table Ratio of prepaid to postpaid subscribers - 2007 - 2016
        • Table Mobile sector revenue - 2009 - 2016
        • Table Smart phones in use - 2006 - 2016
        • Table Household penetration of mobile devices - 2011 - 2015
      • Mobile data
        • Table Historic - Total SMS and MMS messages sent - 2002 - 2017
      • Mobile broadband
        • Table Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration - 2007 - 2017
        • Table Mobile voice traffic - 2001 - 2016
        • Table T-Mobile mobile broadband subscribers - 2008 - 2017
        • Table Mobile broadband revenue - 2006 - 2017
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • GSM licences
      • 3G licence awards
      • Multi-spectrum auction
      • 900MHz spectrum
      • 450MHz spectrum
      • 3.4GHz
      • Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
      • Roaming
        • Table European roaming charges - 2007 - 2016
        • Table European data roaming charges - 2014 - 2017
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Digital networks
      • Other infrastructure developments
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • T-Mobile Hungary (MTel)
        • Table T-Mobile subscribers - 2003 - 2017
        • Table T-Mobile revenue ( ) - 2004 - 2017
        • Table T-Mobile revenue (HUF) - 2014 - 2017
        • Table T-Mobile blended ARPU ( ) - 2004 - 2017
        • Table T-Mobile ARPU (HUF) - 2012 - 2017
      • Telenor Hungary
        • Table Telenor subscribers - 2004 - 2017
        • Table Telenor financial data - 2006 - 2017
        • Table Telenor Monthly ARPU - 2006 - 2017
        • Table Telenor Monthly ARPU - 2006 - 2017
      • Vodafone Hungary
        • Table Vodafone subscribers - 2007 - 2017
      • MPVI Mobil
      • Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • m-commerce
      • m-marketing

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