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Phone books phased out in Hungary

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Hungary will no longer require telecommunications companies to print telephone books as a public service, the National Media and Infocommunications Authority (NMHH) said on Monday, according to a report by news agency MTI.

From 2022, telcos will no longer have to print phone books or make them available on CD-ROM.

NMHH said that the number of phone books printed in Hungary fell from close to 60,000 in 2017 to under 17,000 in 2020, while just 2,500 phone books on CD were released. A survey by the authority showed just 8% of Hungarians over the age of 14 had used a phone book in any form in the previous six months.

It noted that all three of the big telcos in Hungary each have their own online telephone directory. Additionally, a universal telephone directory is accessible by calling 11800.

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