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Hungary’s broadband ADSL, cable subscription number rises 230,000 in 2009

The number of broadband ADSL and cable subscriptions rose 230,000 or 15% in Hungary in 2009, the National Communications Authority (NHH) said.

The number of broadband ADSL and cable subscriptions grew 25,000 in December, totaling 1.742 million at the end of the year.

The number of ADSL lines remained unchanged from the end of the previous month, totaling 809,000 at the end of December compared to 796,000 at the end of 2008.

This means that while mobile internet was gaining popularity fast in Hungary, the market for broadband ADSL and cable services continued to grow and the market for conventional landline telephone services slowly eroded further.

The number of cable broadband subscriptions grew 25,000 in December to 958,000, NHH estimated. Thus, the number of cable broadband subscriptions rose 216,000 over twelve months.

NHH's report is based on data provided on a voluntary basis by the former monopoly service providers, the leading alternative service providers and the biggest cable television companies.

These cable television companies cover 80%-85% of the market; the number of their clients rose to 798,000 in December from 776,000. (MTI – Econews)