Government, MTel reach agreement on expanding broadband access

Analysis

Magyar Telekom, the subsidiary of telco giant Deutsche Telecom, has agreed to bring broadband internet to a further 230,000 Hungarian households with its own money in exchange for a promise by the government not to give its competitors European Union grant money for geographically parallel investments, state secretary Ákos Kara told journalists yesterday, according to Hungarian news agency MTI.

MTel will build the networks, with speeds of at least 30 Mbit/s by April 15, 2018, Kara said. Similar commitments, to provide a further 270,000 homes with broadband internet, are being made by Invitel, UPC, Tarr and 70 other service providers, he said.

Agreements on these networks will be signed in the next two weeks, he added. Kara noted that almost 1 million Hungarian households still do not have access to broadband internet. 

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