After signing the administrative contract with the National Media and Infocommunications Authority (NMHH) on 16 October, DIGI Kft. has received the radio license required to use frequencies suitable for voice and data transmissions and operate its networks.
In addition to the three incumbent operators (Magyar Telekom, Telenor and Vodafone), DIGI also submitted a successful bid for Package "F" of the successful NMHH tender and consequently won a 5 MHz paired basic block (2×5 MHz) in the amount of HUF 10 billion in the 1800 MHz frequency band. NMHH and DIGI concluded the administrative contract for the above package on 16 October. The operator received the frequency assignment on 21 October authorising it to install a radio network for voice and data services in the frequency ranges 1725–1730 and 1820–1825 MHz (2×5 MHz, i.e. 10 MHz band).
After receiving the radio license from NMHH on 29 October, DIGI is now authorised to operate a fourth mobile network in addition to the three existing ones. International experience shows that the entry of a new player mobilises and reinvigorates the market, increases price competition and generates new services. The diversity of service providers and services improves the well-being of customers and the competitiveness of Hungarian businesses, and makes new services available all over the country. Heightened market competition may have the added benefit of reduced service fees for consumers.
Improved availability of data and infocommunication services designed to provide equal access to information is of paramount importance to both NMHH and the Hungarian consumer community.
DIGI is now launching its project to establish a reliable national network offering competitive voice and data services in the tendered frequency band.
"Our objective is to follow our core strategy: quality services offered at affordable, consumer-friendly prices. Using state-of-the-art technology, data transmissions can reach speeds up to 40 Mbit/s while we plan to offer our services at sustainable and affordable prices based on a long-term return on investment model", said dr. Sambor Ryszka, General Counsel. Currently the market leader in Hungary’s satellite broadcasting market and one of the top three cable service providers with a history of dynamic business growth now reaching 850,000 households, DIGI now will make its business portfolio complete.