Magyar Telekom reports 73% LTE coverage, targets 93% by end-2015

22 Oct 2014

After winning spectrum in the 800MHz, 900MHz, 1800MHz and 2600MHz bands at the end of September 2014, Deutsche Telekom’s Hungarian unit, Magyar Telekom, has been swift to improve its T-Mobile-branded mobile network. According to a press release, on 17 October the operator received the licences to use its new frequencies and immediately began connection of 450 additional 4G base stations, taking its Long Term Evolution (LTE) coverage from just over 53% up to 73% of the population, as well as increasing maximum mobile internet download speeds to a theoretical 150Mbps.

Magyar Telekom’s CEO, Christopher Mattheisen, claimed ‘the success of the frequency tender is a decisive milestone in the implementation of digital Hungary’ and that the carrier expect to have a 4G LTE network covering 93% of the population by the end of 2015 which will ‘become available also to those who live in…small rural localities, thus reducing the digital divide.’ Magyar Telekom also announced that it has over 250,000 customers using its 4G network.