Hungary - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses

Synopsis

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.

In late 2015 the government struck deals with Maygar Telekom and a number of other operators under which the telcos are extending super-fast broadband access to underserved areas. For its part, the government agreed not to provide funding to competitors in specific areas where telcos undertook to provide network upgrades.

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.

Key developments:

Amendments to Utility Tax encouraging operators to accelerate deployment of superfast broadband networks; Deutsche Telekom operationally integrates GTS as part of its B2B Europe unit; government scraps proposed levy on internet traffic, continues with other telecom taxes; new access regulations incorporate fibre and cable infrastructure sharing; report update includes the regulator’s market data to October 2017, telcos’ financial and operating data for Q3 2017, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Magyar Telekom, Invitel, Antenna Hungaria, GTS-Datanet, B2B Europe.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Key statistics
  • 3. Country overview
  • 4. Telecommunications market
    • 4.1 Telecom tax
    • 4.2 Internet tax
    • 4.3 Utility Tax
  • 5. Regulatory environment
    • 5.1 Historical overview
    • 5.2 Unified Telecommunications Act 2001
    • 5.3 Electronic Communications Act 2003
    • 5.4 Regulatory authority
      • 5.4.1 Telecom sector liberalisation
      • 5.4.2 Privatisation
      • 5.4.3 Interconnect
      • 5.4.4 Access
      • 5.4.5 Number Portability (NP)
      • 5.4.6 Carrier selection (CS) and carrier preselection (CPS)
  • 6. Fixed network operators
    • 6.1 Introduction
    • 6.2 Magyar Telekom
      • 6.2.1 International expansion
    • 6.3 Invitel
    • 6.4 Monor
    • 6.5 B2B Europe
    • 6.6 Antenna Hungária
  • 7. Telecommunications infrastructure
    • 7.1 National telecom network
      • 7.1.1 Magyar Telekom
      • 7.1.2 Alternative operators
    • 7.2 International infrastructure
  • 8. Wholesaling
  • 9. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Country statistics – 2017 (e)
  • Table 2 – Telephone network statistics – 2017 (e)
  • Table 3 – Internet subscriber statistics – 2017 (e)
  • Table 4 – Mobile statistics – 2017 (e)
  • Table 5 – National telecommunications authority
  • Table 6 – Telecom services revenue by sector – 2009 - 2016
  • Table 7 – Households with telecom services – 2005 - 2015
  • Table 8 – Maygar Telecom telecom tax contributions – 2010 - 2017
  • Table 9 – Fixed-number portings – 2014 - 2016
  • Table 10 – Fixed-voice market share of subscribers by major operator – 2011 - 2017
  • Table 11 – Fixed-voice market share by minor operator – 2011 - 2017
  • Table 12 – Market share of fixed telephony by service – 2012 - 2017
  • Table 13 – Magyar Telekom Group financial data – 2006 - 2017
  • Table 14 – Magyar Telekom domestic financial data – 2011 - 2017
  • Table 15 – Magyar Telekom subscribers by sector – 2011 - 2017
  • Table 16 – Invitel financial data by sector – 2010 - 2015
  • Table 17 – Invitel financial data by sector (new format) – 2015 - 2016
  • Table 18 – Invitel subscribers – 2010 - 2016
  • Table 19 – Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2000 - 2009
  • Table 20 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 21 – Fixed-line voice traffic – 2002 - 2016
  • Table 22 – Total international internet bandwidth – 2000 - 2016
  • Chart 1 – Telecom services revenue by sector – 2009 – 2016
  • Chart 2 – Magyar Telekom Group financial data – 2006 – 2017
  • Chart 3 – Magyar Telekom domestic financial data – 2011 – 2017
  • Chart 4 – Magyar Telekom subscribers by sector – 2011 – 2017
  • Chart 5 – Invitel subscribers – 2010 – 2016
  • Chart 6 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2005 – 2018
  • Exhibit 1 – Access, the local loop and unbundling – an overview
  • Exhibit 2 – Number portability defined
  • Exhibit 3 – Carrier selection and carrier preselection overview

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Number of pages 28

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Last updated 19 Dec 2017
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Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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