Telecoms news from Hungary

Ericsson Tests LTE-A Carrier Aggregation in Hungary

Ericsson and Hungary's Magyar Telekom have demonstrated LTE-A Carrier Aggregation technology for the first time in the country. ...more.

EIB provides EUR200 million for upgrading telecoms networks in Hungary

The European Investment Bank (EIB) says that it is lending HUF 60 billion to finance the improvement of availability and increase in quality of Magyar Telekom's mobile and fixed broadband telecommunications infrastructure. ...more.

Telenor signs agreement with the Hungarian government

Telenor says that it has become the first mobile operator to enter into a partnership agreement with the Hungarian government, ...more.

Hungary's Telenor Upgrades LTE Network to 150Mbps

Hungary's Telenor says that it has upgraded its LTE network to support a theoretical peak download speed of 150Mbps. ...more.

Hungarian Regulator Extends GSM Licenses to 2022

Hungary's telecoms regulator has extended all the mobile network operator licenses so that they expire at the same date. ...more.

Moody's downgrades Magyar Telecom following payment default

Moody's Investors Service has downgraded Magyar Telecom's debt ratings and raised the probability of a default after the company missed a 30-day deadline to pay interest on some of its debt liabilities. ...more.

Over Third of Hungarians Now Using a Smartphone

Two thirds of Hungary's smartphone owners state that applications constitute an organic part of their smartphone according to the research carried out by Magyar Telekom among smartphone and internet users. ...more.

Hungarian Court Upholds Annulment of 4th Mobile Operator License

Hungary's highest court, the Kúria has upheld an earlier agreement to cancel the fourth mobile operator license that had been awarded to the state-owned MPVI Mobil last year. ...more.

Vodafone Mulling Romania or Hungary for New Software Centre

Vodafone may select Romania as the base for its new software centre over Hungary due to the unfavourable government regulation and taxation in Hungary. ...more.

Hungarian Court Blocks Launch of Fourth Mobile Network

The Hungarian telecoms regulator has been ordered to annul the radio spectrum auction it held earlier this year following a court order. ...more.

Nokia Moving Regional Head Office from Austria to Hungary

Nokia is moving its Central and Eastern Europe head-office from Vienna, Austria to Budapest, Hungary, resulting in around 30 local job losses. ...more.

Graduating Engineers Would Stay in Hungary - If the Pay Was Better

Based on survey results conducted among graduating students of the Budapest University of Technology, more than 50% of students planning to work abroad would stay home if offered a job by a multinational company based in Hungary. ...more.

Telenor Hungary Expands 84Mbps Download Capable Network Coverage

Telenor Hungary says that it has expanded its HSPA+ 84 Mbps network and coverage is now available in 60 towns, covering a population of 700,000. ...more.

Telenor Adjusts Hungarian Tariffs in Reaction to New Taxes

Telenor Hungary has revamped its tariffs in reaction to a hike in taxes announced by the government earlier this year. ...more.

New Hungarian Telecoms Tax Will Harm Economic Recovery - Lobby Groups

The Hungarian government has submitted a bill, effective from July 2012, for an additional telecommunication tax, which foresees a budget shortfall of around EUR140-170 million annually. ...more.

ZTE to Open a Network Operations Centre in Hungary

The new NOC will provide a range of management services including a customer service centre, a network monitoring centre, a fault handing centre, a network performance optimisation centre, a spare parts management and repair centre. ...more.

Telenor Offering HSPA+ Services on Budapest Underground Railway

Telenor Hungary says that it has upgraded the underground mobile network coverage available within the Budapest metro railway to a peak rate of 42Mbps download speeds. ...more.

Commission refers Hungary to Court for failure to end special tax on telecom operators

The European Commission has decided to refer Hungary to the EU's Court of Justice because it continues to impose a specific tax on the turnover of telecoms operators in violation of EU rules. ...more.

Nokia Announces 4,000 Job Losses at Smartphone Factories

Nokia has announced around 4,000 job losses at its smartphone factories in Hungary, Mexico and Finland. ...more.

Mobile phones supporting multimedia content part of both daily life and festive occasions

Telenor Hungary says that its subscribers generated a data traffic of more than 124,000 GB with their Christmas and New Year greetings this year which is 46% higher than the year before. ...more.