By the end of 2015, the number of fixed internet subscriptions exceeded 2.7 million. The number of subscriptions continues to rise, albeit at a slower pace: a constant 6% growth was registered in recent years. Fixed broadband internet penetration of households improved from 25% in 2006 to 65% in 2015.
For internet access services, the most important feature of a connection for subscribers is data transfer rate (bandwidth), a key factor influencing the pricing of operators. The following graph represents the share of subscriptions offering different bandwidth by technology.
It shows that the share of connections providing higher-bandwidth internet access is growing year after year for all technologies. The development of VDSL16 technology for xDSL and Docsis3 technology for cable modem access enabled the continuously growing use of subscriptions providing higher speeds. Fibre networks are deployed from the outset to provide high-speed access so usually there are no connections under 10 Mbps in these networks. All in all, network improvements implemented in recent years resulted in the overwhelming majority (89%) of subscriptions providing bandwidths over 10 Mbps for subscribers and half of the subscriber base using connections over 30 Mbps to browse the web. It must be highlighted that there was a surge of connections with bandwidths over 100 Mbps in optical networks in 2015, primarily due to Digi Kft. migrating almost its entire subscriber base to plans offering such speeds over that year.