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Internet subscriptions up 21.3% yr/yr in September

There were more than 3.1 million internet subscriptions in Hungary at the end of September 2010, up 5.9% in three months and up 21.3% or 554,300 from a year earlier, the Central Statistical Office (KSH) reported.

52.4% of all the subscriptions were for broadband internet, their share fell 7.9 percentage points from a year earlier as mobile internet subscriptions expanded. 37.3 of all subscriptions were for mobile internet at the end of September, their share rose 7.8 percentage points in one year.

Wireless internet subscriptions rose 11.8% in three months and 46.3% in twelve months to 1, 275, 307 at the end of September 2010 after a 52.9% rise in 2009. The rise came from mobile internet subscriptions which were up 13.3% in Q3 and rose 53.2% in one year to 1,174, 976.

Within the broadband internet segment, the number of cable subscriptions rose 5.5% in the third quarter and rose 13.6% in twelve months to 869,658, while the number of xDSL subscriptions fell 1.1% in three months and fell 2.5% yr/yr to 781,349.

Internet service providers (ISP) had revenue of HUF 34.04 billion in Q3 2010, up 0.7% from the previous quarter, but down 4.2% yr/yr. The rise was the first quarter-on-quarter rise since Q4 2008.

Revenue was flat at HUF 141.87 billion last year in a sharp contrast with a 25.9% increase in 2008.

There were 403 ISPs in Hungary at the end of March 2010, up 23 in one year. The concentration of the market fell but was still high, with 15 ISPs accounting for 90% of all subscriptions. (MTI – Econews)