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Hungary’s three mobile operators Pannon, Vodafone and T-Mobile collectively added a net 284,000 new subscribers in the last month of 2008, to close out December with a total of 12.24 million users, according to the national regulator the NHH. As at 31 December Pannon had a 35.09% market share, down from 35.18% in November, while T-Mobile’s market share also fell from 43.94% to 43.86%. The country’s third largest operator Vodafone was the beneficiary, increasing its share of the pie from 20.89% to 21.04% in the same period. The NHH also reported that ‘active’ mobile subscriptions reached 10.97 million by end-December, up 227,000 on the previous month, whilst cellular penetration reached 121.8%, compared with 119.1% in November.
Hungary’s telecoms regulator the National Communications Authority (NHH) has requested that bidders in a tender for new mobile frequencies submit further information on their rollout commitments, local daily Nepszabadsag reports. The watchdog has asked applicants to provide greater details on their proposed rollout timetables and exactly how and where they intend to deploy their networks in the country. Local industry watchers say the NHH’s request could be interpreted as a sign that there is strong competition for the frequencies on offer, or conversely, it could be the case that bidders have tendered unrealistically low bids for the networks they have promised to build. It is understood the two lead bidders have each offered between HUF44 billion and HUF48 billion (USD200 million and USD218 million) for the frequencies and promised 70%-76% coverage, the paper wrote. The NHH called the tender in October 2008 and later extended the deadline for bidding to 12 December. The results of the tender were originally expected to be announced in January.
Camiant Inc, a leading developer of policy control and application assurance technology to mobile operators, has announced that Vodafone’s Hungarian mobile unit has deployed the vendor’s Multimedia Policy Engine (MPE) on its networks. The installation of Camiant’s 3GPP Policy and Charging Rules Function (PCRF) compliant system will ensure that Vodafone Hungary will be able to ensure that its subscribers have the highest QoS over its broadband network. Vodafone Hungary says the new platform will enable it to curb bandwidth overuse without punishing subscribers who exceed their download caps with excess charges fees or by cutting off their access.
Pannon, Hungary’s second-largest mobile service provider and member of the Telenor Group, has chosen Alcatel-Lucent’s Remote Access Network (RAN) mobile backhaul solution to accommodate the growing demand for Pannon’s mobile internet services, including 3G High Speed Packet Access (HSPA).
“By consolidating all services over a single packet-based network, the Alcatel-Lucent solution gives Pannon more bandwidth and scalability at lower operational costs, and permits fast time to market for new and future services,” Alcatel said in a press release.
Pannon serves almost 3.5 million customers and controls about 34% of the Hungarian mobile market. Today, Pannon’s high-speed 3G/HSPA network enabling video telephony is available in over 360 towns and villages across Hungary, meaning mobile Internet service is available to 65% of the country’s population. In response to the growing demand, Pannon needed to find a MPLS-based, cost optimized and future proof solution.
Alcatel-Lucent is delivering the industry’s most comprehensive and integrated mobile solution, from the IP backbone through to the cell tower.
Pannon joins a list of more than 250 service providers in more than 100 countries that have selected the Alcatel-Lucent IP/MPLS portfolio. During the third quarter of 2008, Alcatel-Lucent reinforced its No. 2 position in the Service Provider IP Edge according to Ovum RHK, Infonetics and Synergy.