Hungary’s Magyar Telekom has announced that it now offers gigabit-speed internet access via fibre-optic and HFC cable broadband networks at two million ‘endpoints’ (end-user premises), which according to its own figures means that its 1Gbps-capable services are available to 40% of Hungarian homes and businesses. Furthermore, Telekom highlights that its gigabit access networks now serve 710 small settlements each with under 5,000 residents.
In its two-pronged upgrade programme, Telekom has modernised its existing cable network at 675,000 endpoints (TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database says that this upgrade was largely implemented – passing 650,000 premises – by end-September 2019 using HFC DOCSIS 3.1 technology), while deploying gigabit fibre (FTTx) passing 1.357 million endpoints, of which nearly 350,000 were deployed during 2019. To achieve its long-term objective of expanding gigabit network speeds across its entire national footprint, Telekom says it will continue to focus on gradually replacing copper infrastructure with FTTx.
In the first quarter of 2020 Telekom completed new fibre access network sections in Budapest Districts VI, VIII, XI and XIII, and in Babolna, Bagod, Bak, Debrecen, Derecske, Kiskunfelegyhaza, Komarom, Komlod, Miskolc, Nagyigmand, Pacsa, Pusztavam, Tac and Zalaegerszeg.
Maximum download/upload speeds on Telekom’s FTTx network are 2Gbps/1Gbps with guaranteed speeds of 300Mbps/50Mbps, while maximum cable DOCSIS 3.1 speeds are 1Gbps/25Mbps (guaranteed 100Mbps/4Mbps).