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4G Networks Dominant at Hungarian Service Providers

D&T
December 6, 2019

The importance of 4G networks continued to grow in the second quarter of 2019 with over 95% of mobile Internet traffic and 17% of domestic call traffic already on 4G , showing an increase of 1.4 percentage points and 5 percentage points, respectively, compared to the end of 2018, says the latest mobile market report by the National Media and Communications Authority (NMHH).

According to the report, the role of other networks is declining, although by mid-2019, three quarters of call traffic was on 3G, 8.4% on 2G, but only 3.6% of mobile Internet traffic was on lower generation networks. The number of SIM cards connected to mobile internet via 4G also increased by almost four percentage points in the first half of the year, exceeding 82%.

At the same time, Internet traffic has soared four-and-a-half times compared to the end of 2015, increasing by more than eight million gigabytes (GB) in the first half of 2019, approaching 80 million GB of quarterly data volume by mid-year. Smartphone segment data traffic increased by more than 16% in the first half of 2019 to 51.5 GB. Today, over 93% of all 6.8 million mobile internet cards are in the smartphone segment.

Since the beginning of 2018, the average monthly data traffic of individual smartphone users has exceeded that of non-individual users. When abroad, more Hungarian subscribers use more mobile internet data, with such internet usage almost doubling between the end of the first half of 2018 and 2019, rising from 1.66 million GB to about three million GB. The number of SIM cards used for internet traffic abroad increased by a fifth, from 1.16 million to 1.4 million.

Domestic mobile telephony traffic grew by nearly a fifth between the fourth quarter of 2015 and the second quarter of 2019, a five percentage point increase in the first half of this year, and a 17% increase in unit-specific SIM card traffic. The number of SMS messages decreased slightly: subscribers sent 6% less in the first quarter and 4% less in the second quarter compared to the same period of the previous year.

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