Hungarian news site HWSW reports that the country’s third largest mobile operator by subscribers Telenor Hungary – a subsidiary of PPF Telecom Group – is carrying out a soft launch of 5G network services, a year after winning its 3500MHz and 700MHz commercial 5G frequency licences. CEO Peter Gazik told a press conference that ‘live’ 5G services are available via base stations located in Gyor (where the cellco launched a 5G test network in 2019) and Torokbalint, accessible by subscribers with 5G-capable devices, although the latest iPhone and some Samsung devices are not yet supported. Large-scale 5G marketing is not planned before the summer, although new 5G base stations are scheduled for activation in Budapest and around Lake Balaton in the coming weeks, with Telenor planning to deploy ‘hundreds’ of 5G cell cites by the end of the year.
The CEO also highlighted that Telenor Hungary aims to use the 5G network to provide fixed wireless access (FWA) alongside mobile services.
TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database says that Telenor’s larger rivals Vodafone Hungary and Magyar Telekom launched their 5G networks in October 2019 and April 2020, respectively.