Hungary Telecommunications Report Q1 2015

Nov 6, 2014 - Business Monitor International - 97 pages - USD $1,295
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Hungary underwent its first large scale 4G spectrum auctions, which saw nine blocks of bandwith divvied up between four network operators. Alongside incumbents Telenor , T-Mobile and Vodafone , the telecommunications regulator NMHH also licenced a new market player Digi . BMI believes that while Digi's entrance will have a limited impact on the Hungarian mobile market, the auction will spur 4G and mobile data usage growth. It is believed that Mid Europa Partners will sell its subsidiary Hungarian telephony and broadband operator Invitel within 2014, which will decrease competition in the fixed-line market.

Key Data
  • The most recent operator data show a total of 10.717mn mobile subscriptions in Hungary at the end of June 2014, equal to a penetration rate of 107.89%, slightly lower than the national regulator NMHH's estimate at 116.8% at the end of June. This suggests growth both year-on-year (y-o-y) as well as quarter-on-quarter (q-o-q).
  • Meanwhile the mobile internet market is booming. NMHH reported a total of 3.095mn active mobile internet subscriptions at the end of 2013, up 29%, making it the outperforming growth segment of Hungary's telecoms market.
  • Converged service provision acted as a buffer against fixed-to-mobile substitution in 2013, with fixed-line subscriptions up 2.6% to 3.039mn in Q413.
Key Trends And Developments

In September 2014, Hungary's regulator NMHH, concluded an auction for spectrum in the 800MHz, 900MHz, 1,800MHz and 2,600MHz frequency bands, raising a total of HUF130.6bn (EUR418mn). The three incumbent mobile operators all acquired spectrum, as well as a fourth player Digi Telecommunications, owned by Romanian telecoms company RCS&RDS. The frequencies will be used to provide 4G LTE services in the country, with the 800MHz spectrum able to expand mobile broadband coverage to rural regions at a lower cost due to the nature of its lower frequencies. BMI believes that some the bids that...

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