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Telenor: LTE-A available in Budapest, Gyor; VoIP restriction lifted for Hipernet customers

17 May 2016

Telenor Hungary, the country’s second largest mobile operator by subscribers, has confirmed that it is now offering LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) connectivity in ‘the inner-city districts of Budapest and at several sites in Gyor’. The new network supports peak transmission speeds of up to 300Mbps/50Mbps (down/uplink), the press release notes. Further, the advanced transmission speeds are currently accessible via more than a dozen different handsets, including the Apple iPhone 6S/6S Plus, the LG G4/G5/G Flex 2, the Microsoft Lumia 950, the Sony Xperia Z5/Z5 Compact and a range of Samsung Galaxy smartphones. While the precise spectrum being used to support the tri-band network is unclear, in its 2015 annual report Telenor Group confirmed that the Hungrian unit is in possession of 800MHz, 900MHz, 1800MHz and 2600MHz frequencies, all of which are permitted for 4G use.

In other news, Telenor Hungary has confirmed that all of its ‘Hipernet’-branded mobile broadband users can now access VoIP-based solutions free of charge. Previously, unlimited use of applications such as Skype, Viber, Google Hangouts and Facebook Messenger was restricted to certain tariffs. In its annual report, Telenor noted that 47% of the Hungarian cellco’s 3.164 million subscribers were active data users at end-2015.

Hungary, Yettel Hungary

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