The Hungarian telecoms regulator the National Communications Authority (NHH) says that there were 412,860 ADSL connections in the country at the end of 2005, a 60% rise on the 249,955 DSL lines recorded at 31 January ‘05. Broadband take-up continues to gather momentum in Hungary: the ratio of high speed connections reached 12.3% of all main lines by end-December, compared with 7% the previous January. By contrast the number of traditional fixed line connections continues to fall with a further drop of 18,000 in December 2005 taking the total down to 3,356,098. There were 33.29 main lines per 100 inhabitants in December, down from 33.46 at the end of November and 35.3 at 31 December 2004. The ratio of households with main lines also dropped from 67.1% at the end of November, to 66.7% at the end of the year.
The NHH also published figures on number portability in the fixed line segment. A total of 76,061 numbers were ported in 2005, raising the total number of numbers carried to a new supplier to 123,925. Number portability was introduced in Hungary in January 2004.