Hungary prepares for 4G-capable spectrum auction

25 Feb 2014

The Hungarian telecoms regulator National Media and Telecommunications Authority (NMHH) is preparing to issue a tender for an auction of wireless spectrum in the 800MHz, 900MHz, 1800MHz and 2600MHz bands. According to a report from Reuters, which quotes local newspaper Napi Gazdasag, the government is expecting to raise HUF120 billion (USD531 million) through the sale of frequencies, which are suitable for 2G, 3G or 4G services. The 800MHz ‘digital dividend’ band was freed up in October last year when the country completed the switch-off of analogue TV transmissions. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Hungary is currently home to three mobile network operators – T-Mobile, Telenor (formerly Pannon) and Vodafone – which served a total of 11.2 million subscribers between them at the end of September 2013.

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