Magyar launches LTE in Hungary

50 per cent of mobile broadband users will be using LTE by 2017, Ericsson claims

T-Mobile’s Hungarian subsidiary and the wireless operation of Magyar Telekom has become the first operator to offer a 4G-LTE mobile broadband service in the country.

The service was launched across ten districts of Budapest after the operator carried out a three-month extended network testing phase, involving over a hundred personal and business users. T-Mobile said that it will continue to develop its network in 2012 to provide the service to more customers in Hungary.

The operator said that it has invested heavily in the technology, and the number of 4G-LTE stations roughly tripled over the course of 2011. As of January 1, the new broadband mobile technology is available to 40 per cent of Budapest citizens, including for indoor use. T-Mobile intends to expand coverage to the whole area of Budapest in 2012.

Customers in Budapest hoping to use the service require a Magyar Telekom Net&Roll 4G mobile internet package and also an LTE-enabled T-Mobile internet dongle.

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