Hungary - Fixed Broadband Market - Statistics and Analyses

Synopsis

Hungary’s broadband market has benefited from intense infrastructure-based competition, with the result that broadband penetration is the highest in Eastern Europe. There is an extensive cable network competing against DSL services and a vibrant and rapidly expanding fibre sector. By late 2019 the incumbent telco delivered a gigabit broadband service to about a third of all premises in the country and was in the process of replacing all of its copper infrastructure with fibre nationally. In July 2019 Vodafone Group completed its acquisition of Liberty Global’s UPC Hungary unit, a deal which is expected to result in further investment as Vodafone Hungary seeks to improve its position in the market for bundled services.

The regulator has introduced a number of measures aimed at promoting market competition, which is pushing the drive for higher speed platforms and encouraging operators to invest in technology upgrades with a focus on fibre deployments. While FttP and the expansion of services based on the DOCSIS3.1 standard will help drive the take-up of fixed broadband services, from about 2023 it is anticipated that growth will slow as customers adopt voice and data services on 5G infrastructure, particularly in rural areas.

Amendments to the Utility Tax have also encouraged operators to accelerate the deployment of superfast networks, which accounted for about 72% of all fixed broadband connections by mid-2019.

This report provides an overview of Hungary’s broadband market, including market analyses, statistics and subscriber forecasts.

Key developments:

  • Maygar Telekom’s gigabit service extended to a third of premises;
  • Vodafone Group acquires UPC Hungary from Liberty Global;
  • Telcos strike deal with the government to extend broadband to underserved areas;
  • Utility Tax amendments favouring superfast broadband network roll-outs;
  • RG Networks launches satellite broadband via Eutelsat;
  • FttX subscriber base reaches 800,000;
  • Government expands e-payment systems;
  • Maygar Telecom steps up e-health initiatives;
  • Report update includes the regulator's market data to June 2019, telcos' financial and operating data to Q2 2019, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

UPC Hungary, Vodafone Hungary, Maygar Telecom, Hungarotel, GTS Datanet, B2B Europe.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction and statistical overview

    • Market analysis
    • Broadband statistics
  • Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) Networks

  • Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) Networks

  • Fibre-To-The-Premises (FTTP)

  • Other fixed broadband services

    • Wi-Fi
    • Satellite broadband
  • Digital economy

    • e-Government
      • Infrastructure
    • e-health
    • e-commerce
    • e-education
  • Appendix – Historic data

  • Related reports


List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Change in fixed broadband revenue by platform – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 2 – Internet access revenue by wireless and wired platform – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 3 – Growth in fixed-line broadband traffic – 2015 – 2019
  • Table 4 – Growth in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2024
  • Table 5 – Fixed broadband market share of subscribers by major operator – 2011 – 2019
  • Table 6 – Fixed broadband market share of subscribers by minor operator – 2011 – 2019
  • Table 7 – Fixed broadband lines above 30Mb/s, by platform – 2011 – 2019
  • Table 8 – Proportion of household internet connections by type – 2006 – 2018
  • Table 9 – Change in the proportion of fixed broadband subscriptions by data rate – 2015 – 2019
  • Table 10 – Increase in the number of cable broadband subscribers – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 11 – Growth in the number of UPC Hungary’s cable broadband subscriber base – 2003 – 2019
  • Table 12 – Increase in the number of Magyar Telekom’s cable broadband subscribers – 2004 – 2019
  • Table 13 – Decline in the number of DSL broadband subscribers – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 14 – Decline in the number of Magyar Telekom’ retail DSL subscribers – 2004 – 2019
  • Table 15 – Growth in the number of FttX broadband subscribers – 2010 – 2019
  • Table 16 – Growth in the number of Magyar Telekom’s FttX subscribers – 2010 – 2019
  • Table 17 – Growth in the number of wireless broadband subscribers – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 18 – Historic - Fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rate – 2000 – 2009
  • Table 19 – historic - Internet access revenue by platform – 2002 – 2009
  • Table 20 – Historic - Dial-up internet traffic – 2002 – 2015
  • Table 21 – Historic - Cable broadband subscribers – 2009 – 2009
  • Table 22 – Historic - DSL broadband subscribers – 2003 – 2009
  • Table 23 – Historic - Wireless broadband subscribers – 2003 – 2009
  • Table 24 – Historic - Use of e-government services (proportion of internet users) – 2010 – 2017

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 – Change in fixed broadband revenue by platform – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 2 – Internet access revenue by wireless and wired platform – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 3 – Growth in fixed-line broadband traffic – 2015 – 2019
  • Chart 4 – Growth in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2024
  • Chart 5 – Fixed broadband lines above 30Mb/s, by platform – 2011 – 2019
  • Chart 6 – Change in the proportion of fixed broadband subscriptions by data rate – 2015 – 2019
  • Chart 7 – Increase in the number of cable broadband subscribers – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 8 – Growth in the number of UPC Hungary’s cable broadband subscriber base – 2003 – 2019
  • Chart 9 – Increase in the number of Magyar Telekom’s cable broadband subscribers – 2004 – 2019
  • Chart 10 – Decline in the number of DSL broadband subscribers – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 11 – Decline in the number of Magyar Telekom’ retail DSL subscribers – 2004 – 2019
  • Chart 12 – Growth in the number of FttX broadband subscribers – 2010 – 2019
  • Chart 13 – Growth in the number of Magyar Telekom’s FttX subscribers – 2010 – 2019
  • Chart 14 – Growth in the number of wireless broadband subscribers – 2009 – 2019

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Last updated 18 Oct 2019
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Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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