Internet gets faster and more widespread
Monday, May 30, 2005, 00:00
173 Internet service providers were active in Hungary in Q1 2005, 85 more than a year earlier, while subscriptions exceeded 782,000, the Central Statistics Office (KSH) reported. The number of Internet subscribers was 5% more than in the previous quarter, and up 22% year-on-year.
With regard to the quality of service, dial-up subscriptions declined by 4% in the twelve months to Q1 2005, while 12% fewer subscribers used ISDN and the number of leased lines dropped by 1%. At the same time, subscriptions for various types of DSL service increased by 11%, cable Internet use jumped 18%, and 23% more subscribers used wireless Internet than a year earlier. The while in late 2003 the number of DSL subscriptions was only one third of dial-up modem subscriptions, in Q1 2005 DSL use was only slightly less popular than dial-up.
In Q1 2005, 35% of all subscribers opted for the least expensive modem service, and only 4% used ISDN. DSL accounted for 33% of Internet use, while 20% of ISP clients used cable Internet. Wireless and leased line made up 5% and 0.6%, respectively, while 1.2% of the subscribers used other means of Internet access.
The ISP market totaled Ft 14 billion, 9% more than in the previous quarter and 37% compared with Q1 2004.