Hungarian full-service operator Magyar Telekom announced on its website that it has switched on a commercial upgrade to LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) 300Mbps mobile broadband network speeds, initially covering north-eastern city Nyiregyhaza, in partnership with technology giant Ericsson, following LTE-A trials in the capital Budapest last year. The commercial launch location was chosen as part of the government-backed Digital Hungary programme which aims to give all Hungarian households high speed broadband internet by 2018, two years ahead of the EU’s Digital Agenda deadline, whilst Telekom indicated that more 300Mbps LTE-A network sections would be activated across the country soon. At launch, the telco is offering a range of 15 LTE-A-capable smartphones and tablets.
Magyar Telekom, part of the Deutsche Telekom group, also announced that its 150Mbps-capable 4G LTE network – launched in January 2012 – has reached a target of 97% (outdoor) population coverage, up from 95% coverage it reported in October. It also revealed that it has exceeded 800,000 LTE network users. The company first announced LTE-A trials in Budapest in April 2014, before testing 300Mbps services in several parts of the city during that year.