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Ericsson and Magyar Telekom Launch Commercial 5G in Hungary

By Ken Briodagh April 15, 2020

According to a recent announcement, Magyar Telekom and Ericsson have launched commercial 5G in Hungary, with initial services live in parts of Budapest and Magyar Telekom’s headquarters.

The Magyar 5G commercial launch is based on 5G-ready products and solutions from Ericsson Radio System, and comes just two weeks after Magyar Telekom secured the related 3.5GHz spectrum in Hungary’s spectrum auction on March 26. The network reportedly will be accessible to subscribers via 5G-ready devices.

“Magyar Telekom has been preparing to launch 5G for a long time after exploring the business opportunities and 5G technology and operating a test network for six months with Ericsson,” said Tibor Rékasi, CEO, Magyar Telekom. “This enables us to launch commercial service quickly after receiving the frequency license. 5G provides our customers with higher data rates and low latency, as well as connection of many new devices, and 5G will become a platform for new applications and opportunities for both industries and individuals.”

“I am incredibly pleased to build on the strong and fruitful partnership we have with Magyar Telekom, who are just as committed to innovation and digitalization as us,” said Arun Bansal, President Europe and Latin America, Ericsson. “As leaders in 5G, we at Ericsson have seen the massive impact it has on innovation, and I’m excited to see what opportunities it will bring to Hungary. Particularly in times of crisis, mobile networks are even more critical than ever before. We are all relying on them to stay connected and safe, from emergency and health services to family communication. 5G opens possibilities like never before, from remote medical care, instant emergency services, drones delivering supplies, all of which can support society during a pandemic.”

To learn about 5G innovations and industry news, join us at next year’s all-new 5G Expo, taking place in Miami in February. Call for papers now open.


Ken Briodagh is a storyteller, writer and editor with about two decades of experience under his belt. He is in love with technology and if he had his druthers would beta test everything from shoe phones to flying cars.

Edited by Ken Briodagh

Editorial Director

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