Published: 09.14 Europe/London, May 16, 2011

The Hungarian National Communications and Media Authority (NMHH) have passed two resolutions regulating the country’s wholesale telecom and broadband markets.

As a result, fibre optic, cable and new generation networks will be opened up to competition, thereby making services available more cheaply to 3.6 million households.

Figures produced by the NMHH and published by BBJ show that 1.6 million homes used telecom services as part of a package in 2010, or 40% more than a year earlier.

NMHH’s president Annamária Szalai said she hopes services packages will play an even bigger part in the future.

Three companies – UPC, the alternative telco Invitel and incumbent Magyar Telekom – currently control 70% of the fixed-line infrastructure, while only 30% of Hungarian homes use services provided by small companies.

The NMHH hopes the resolutions will in due course help increase the latter figure.