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3G shutdowns imminent as NMHH begins phase two of subsidised phone replacement for 2G/3G users

12 May 2022

Hungary’s telecoms regulator, the National Media & Infocommunications Authority (Nemzeti Media- es Hirkozlesi Hatosag, NMHH), began a second phase of its mobile phone replacement subsidy scheme on 9 May, under which owners of 3G or 2G devices can claim HUF20,000 (USD55.40) towards the cost of a new 4G or 5G smartphone. The scheme’s first phase was launched on 14 February, initially for replacement of 3G phones, which are the main focus of the programme as the nation’s cellcos begin their 3G network shutdowns very soon.

The NMHH’s latest announcement, citing statements from Hungarian mobile operators, confirmed that Magyar Telekom will ‘completely shut down’ its 3G network on 30 June, with rivals Vodafone and Yettel planning to disconnect their 3G services in ‘several parts of the country (for example in key holiday areas)’ starting later this month, before continuing to phase out their 3G coverage over the coming months. Final 3G shutdown dates for Yettel or Vodafone are yet to be announced.

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