Hungary was behind all of the EU averages for coverage of standard and NGA services, except for total NGA, where it was ahead of the average.
This is explained by the technology profile in Hungary. Both HSPA and DSL fell slightly behind the EU average for coverage both in total and in rural areas. As the main components of standard and standard fixed broadband coverage, respectively, this results in Hungary falling behind the rest of the EU for standard coverage measures.
Hungary gains its broadband advantage through extensive coverage of Docsis 3 (55%) and FTTP (22%). We found no evidence that the VDSL network had grown in 2012, and it still covered under 3% of households by the end of the year. These networks combined to give an overall NGA coverage of just under 60%, implying strong overlap between the cable and FTTP networks. Docsis 3 and FTTP showed to also provide some coverage for rural households.
LTE services were launched in 2012 and covered more than a third of households at the end of the year, which included limited coverage of rural households. Also in 2012, more of the cable network was upgraded to Docsis 3 and FTTP coverage grew by more than 4p.p.
Standard fixed broadband coverage is not distributed uniformly across Hungary; its north-eastern and western borders had the lowest coverage. NGA coverage was more uniform, but this is mainly because of the cable networks, which are uniformly distributed across the country. In contrast, over 50% of Hungary’s FTTP was found to be concentrated in the capital city of Budapest, which has nearly two thirds coverage of FTTP.
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