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

  • November 2014
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  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
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  • 21 pages

Hungary was early to deregulate its telecoms market but interconnection and loop unbundling disputes delayed full and effective competition. The regulator has been effective in promoting competition in line with aligning interconnection and access tariffs to the EU average. As in many other markets in the region, 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 broadband internet access and broadband-based services to boost revenue. The economic crisis has also affected telecom revenue, exacerbated by the government's recent telecom taxes. The attempt to impose a tax on internet data traffic was abandoned in November 2014 following civil demonstrations against it. 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:
Mid Europa Partners puts Invitel Holdings up for sale; government scraps proposed levy on internet traffic; Deutsche Telekom acquires GTS Central Europe's business in Hungary; EC drops legal case against telecom crisis tax; operators report 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 September 2014; telcos' financial and operating data for Q3 2014; recent market developments.

Companies covered in the report include:
Magyar Telekom, Invitel, Antenna Hungaria and GTS-Datanet.

Table Of Contents

Hungary - Key Statistics, Regulatory and Fixed-line Telecoms Overviews
1. Synopsis
2. Key statistics
3. Telecommunications market
3.1 Economic background
3.2 Telecom tax
3.3 Proposed internet tax
3.4 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 Hírközlesi 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 2014 (e)
Table 2 Telephone network statistics 2014 (Sep)
Table 3 Internet subscriber statistics 2014 (e)
Table 4 Mobile statistics 2014 (Jun)
Table 5 National telecommunications authority
Table 6 Maygar Telecom telecom tax contributions 2010 - 2014
Table 7 Proportion of voice lines by technology 2010 2014
Table 8 VoIP and VoCATV lines in service 2008 - 2014
Table 9 Fixed-voice market share by operator 2011 - 2014
Table 10 Magyar Telekom Group financial data 2006 - 2014
Table 11 Magyar Telekom domestic financial data 2011 - 2014
Table 12 Magyar Telekom subscribers by sector 2011 - 2014
Table 13 Invitel financial data 2009 - 2014
Table 14 Invitel financial data by sector 2010 - 2014
Table 15 Invitel subscribers 2010 - 2013
Table 16 GTS Central Europe revenue 2010; 2012 - 2013
Table 17 Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2000 - 2004
Table 18 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2000 - 2014
Table 19 Total international internet bandwidth 2000 - 2013
Chart 1 VoIP and VoCATV lines in service 2008 - 2014
Chart 2 Magyar Telekom Group financial data 2006 2014
Chart 3 Magyar Telekom domestic financial data 2011 2014
Chart 4 Magyar Telekom subscribers by sector 2011 2014
Chart 5 Invitel subscribers 2010 2013
Chart 6 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2005 2014
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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