Hungarian cellcos seek clarification on NMHH’s plan for expiring licences

12 Apr 2013

The Budapest Business Journal says that the country’s three incumbent mobile network operators – T-Mobile Hungary, Telenor (formerly Pannon) and Vodafone Hungary – have requested that the regulator the National Media and Infocommunications Authority (NMHH) divulge more about its plan regarding expiring frequency licences. Earlier this week the NMHH told the trio that it does not plan to issue an automatic extension to their concessions when they expire in the coming years, prompting Telenor communications director Istvan Kutas to say that whilst the firm welcomes strategic cooperation with the watchdog, it would like to learn more. Vodafone meanwhile has called for open dialogue with the NMHH and advocates a new frequency management plan and harmonisation of the expiring licences, while Magyar Telekom-controlled T-Mobile hopes to see ‘genuine, active dialogue’ with the NMHH moving forward.