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Mobile subscribers rise by 6.29% year-on-year, but growth weak in April

25 May 2006

The Hungarian telecoms watchdog the National Communications Authority (NCA) says the country was home to 9.414 million mobile subscribers at the end of April, up 6.29% on the previous year, but growth was less than 0.1% during the month in an increasingly saturated market. Cellular penetration reached 93.4% in April 2006, up from 93.3% the previous month and 87.7% in April 2005.

According to the regulator’s figures, T-Mobile Hungary led the pack at the end of April, with 44.95% of the market (or roughly 4.231 million subscribers), up from 44.91% at the end of March. Meanwhile Pannon climbed to 33.25% (3.13 million) from 33.17%, while Vodafone dipped to 21.8% (2.05 million) from 21.94%. The NCA also published figures for mobile number portability (MNP), saying 3,098 numbers were carried in April and 14,312 numbers carried in 2006. Since MNP was made available in May 2004, a total of 113,126 numbers have now been ported.

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