The Hungarian telecoms regulator the National Communications Authority (NHH) has published its latest market report showing that the number of fixed line connections fell by 15,000 between August and September to 3.145 million. The percentage of homes with a land line stood at 62.37% at 30 September, down from 62.70% a month earlier. However, the total volume of calls made in September climbed 8% on August’s total to 525 million minutes and total calls per fixed line rose from an average of 153.5 minutes to 166.8 minutes with an average call time of 3.04 minutes (from 2.99 minutes).
The NHH also published data on the development of the country’s broadband sector, revealing that Hungary was home to 1.486 million high speed internet subscriptions as at 30 September, up 160,000 since the start of the year. Of the total, some 786,000 connections were for ADSL-based services, up 0.3% on August 2008, while cable broadband subscriptions rose to an estimated 690,000, based on NHH estimates for the country’s four biggest cablecos. The four – UPC, T-Kabel, Fibernet and DIGI – claimed 504,000 subscribers between them at the end of the third quarter, up 1.4% on August.