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Mobile phone subscription numbers slightly down in Q3 2018

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There were 11.75 million mobile phone subscriptions in Hungary at the end of the third quarter of 2018, some 86,000 fewer than a year earlier, according to data published by the Central Statistical Office (KSH). 

Continuing an ongoing trend, the proportion of post-paid subscriptions compared to pre-paid ones increased, as in previous years, and now stands at 66.1%. The number of mobile subscriptions per 100 residents edged down from 121.1 to 120.4.

The KSH said new clients typically choose post-paid contracts, while some pre-paid subscribers are also switching to post-paid contracts because of lower per-minute charges and data options.

New rules requiring pre-paid subscribers to reconcile their personal data or face contract cancellation also pushed subscribers in the direction of post-paid contracts, it added.

As a result of combined packages, there are an increasing number of data package subscriptions for mobile phone users. Mobile phone data usage in Q3 was 64 petabytes, up 60% compared to a year earlier. Around 89% of data traffic took place over 4G/LTE networks.

The number of mobile calls made fell 3.7% annually to 2.02 billion in Q3. But the time spent on those calls rose 3.8% to 5.87 bln minutes. On average, a mobile call lasted 2.9 minutes.

Text messages sent in Q3 rose 5.6% to 504 million, while MMS messages sent were up by 14% at 7.1 mln, the KSH said. 

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