The Hungarian telecoms regulator, the National Communications Authority (NHH), has issued tenders for two new mobile licences and a third tender for mobile infrastructure development.
One of the new 15-year mobile licences will be for operations in spectrum similar to that used by the three existing Hungarian mobile operators as NHH believes competition in the mobile market has weakened in recent years.
The winner of the second mobile licence will be allocated spectrum in the currently unused 450 MHz band. The thinking behind this second spectrum allocation is that the extended coverage capability offered by 450 MHz operation will enable improved wireless broadband access in sparsely populated regions and villages. The 450 MHz licensee will be required to start service within two years and achieve 30 per cent territorial coverage within three years.
NHH also announced another five packages of spectrum allocations in the 26 GHz band, which it believes will be crucial in developing mobile infrastructure and stimulating the growth of corporate networks.
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