The number of broadband connections in Hungary rose by 30,000 in August to 760,000, up 25% on the start of the year, but landlines dipped again, by 9,000 lines, according to latest data published by National Communications Authority (NHH). The regulator assessed statistics provided by five leading fixed line telcos in its report – Emitel, Hungarotel, Magyar Telekom, Monortel and Invitel – as well as data from five alternative providers and four cablecos. At the end of August the country was home to 520,000 DSL lines, up 20,000 in a month, while cable connections had climbed by 9,000 to 240,000. The NHH’s figures are based on four main providers controlling 90% of the total market between them.
By contrast the number of people using traditional fixed line services fell to 3,375,000 in the month under review, the NHH said, adding that the number of these lines per 100 people decreased to 33.52 from 33.61 reported in July. The ratio of households with fixed phone lines dropped to 66.87% in August from the previous month’s 67.09%, it said.