Hungary’s National Infocommunication Strategy 2014-2020 aims at Next Generation Access coverage at a minimum of 30 Mbps for all by 2018, as well as 100 Mbps take-up for 50% of the households by 2020.

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Summary of broadband development in Hungary

The National Infocommunication Strategy is more ambitious than the DAE targets. A full broadband coverage with at least 30 Mbps until 2018 and 50% take-up with at least 100 Mbps until 2020 are set as objectives. NGA last mile and backhaul projects were launched in 2015 to extend backhaul optical networks, provide high-speed network for all governmental institutions and maximize the utilisation of frequencies with new technologies.

National broadband strategy and policy

Responsible authorities

Main aims for broadband development

The National Infocommunication Strategy 2014-2020 includes major actions for broadband development, supported by state aid as well as by private investments. A development programme is to cover the whole country with NGA, providing state aid for the economically less attractive, primarily rural, areas. The service providers will build about 400.000 connections investing own capital. The Superfast Internet Program includes these two major elements. Another direct involvement of the government is managing the construction and maintenance of a national backbone network in order to offer improved services. The strategy aims at the development of both, an optical cable based backhaul network and national wireless broadband coverage. A high priority is also given to the improvement of fast internet connections for the public institutions in rural areas. The white and grey areas are the most critical ones from a financing and implementation point of view.

Long term NGA aims are 100% coverage with 30 Mbps by 2018 and 50% household penetration with 100 Mbps by 2020. The strategy will be updated in 2020 to include the Gigabyte Society targets and formulate the 5G strategy. The strategy will also establish long-term targets for 2030 in Hungary.

National and regional broadband financial instruments

  • Loans: For the 2014-2020 period, financial resources from the Economic Development and Innovation Operational Programme (EDIOP/GINOP) support the expansion of public broadband networks and the expansion of high speed connections. The government committed circa EUR 22 million in accordance with the EDIOP/GINOP 3.4.1 scheme in the budget for 2017. National funds help expand the broadband networks in non-convergent Middle-Hungarian Region.
  • ESIF funds: The 2014-2020 programmes estimate that investments into NGA high-speed broadband networks, with a speed of 30 Mbps or higher, will reach EUR 253 million. Part of the broadband budget will be spent via financial instruments. Hungary is the only EU Member State to use financial instruments for broadband development at the national level.

Data on broadband development and technologies in Hungary

For the latest data on broadband coverage, subscriptions and penetrations, coverage of different broadband technologies and costs, check the scoreboard reports and the country reports of the Digital Economy & Society Index (DESI).

Spectrum assignments for wireless broadband

For details on harmonised spectrum assignments consult the study on spectrum assignments in the EU.

National publications and press documents

Contact information

BCO Hungary (national Broadband Competence Office): Ministry for Innovation and Technology, State Secretariat for Infocommunication

Address: Iskola u. 13, Budapest, 1011 Hungary
Contact via email
Phone: +36 30 977 4707

National Media and Infocommunications Authority (Nemzeti Média- és Hírközlési Hatóság)

Address: Ostrom u. 23-25, 1015 Budapest, Hungary
Contact via email
Phone: +36 1 4577100

Country information - Hungary