Hungary steps up device subsidy scheme as 3G shutdowns loom

Hungary enters next phase of device subsidy scheme as 3G shutdowns loom

Hungary has commenced the next stage of its device replacement subsidy programme, which offers mobile users HUF20,000 (US$63.4) towards the cost of a 4G or 5G device if they currently only have access to a 2G or 3G handset.

Regulator NMHH (Nemzeti Media- es Hirkozlesi Hatosag / National Media & Infocommunications Authority) launched the first phase of the initiative in February. CommsUpdate notes that the scheme is aimed at retiring 3G phones across Hungary as operators prepare to shutter their 3G networks.

The NMHH noted in a statement that Vodafone Hungary and Yettel have announced that they will begin shutting down their 3G networks in “several parts of the country” this month. While the operators confirmed that they would continue shuttering their networks, neither has disclosed their planned timeframe for a complete shutdown.

Magyar Telekom however has confirmed plans to “completely shut down” its 3G network by 30th June. In its Q1 earnings report, the operator noted its total revenue was up 8.4% year-on-year to HUF175.9 billion (US$487 million), boosted by growth in mobile data as well as fixed broadband revenue.

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