In December 2012, the Hungarian national regulatory authority (NRA) published its radio spectrum strategy for 2012 to 2015. The most important element of the strategy was highlighting the serious shortfalls in the area of mobile broadband in Hungary in coverage, penetration and the volume of data transferred. In Hungary mobile broadband penetration is 17.2% instead of the EU average of 43.1%. As the main reason for this the document identified supply side issues, and the NRA emphasized the need for a new MNO entrant with its own infrastructure (which most probably means the fourth MNO; the auctions for the necessary frequencies failed in 2012.) The NRA currently aims for a 98% indoor coverage with a download speed of 2 Mbps and upload of 512 Kbps by 2015 (currently this coverage is 40%).
In line with statutory obligations, the final deadline for digital switchover is the end of 2014, but the strategy aims for a quicker implementation - if possible even in 2013. Regarding specific bands, the strategy set an objective of identifying a further total 500 MHz of bands between 400 MHz and 6 GHz by 2015 for mobile services, and the NRA plans to make further extensions for wireless Short Range Devices (SRDs), but the exact date for new auctions and sales will be published only in 2013. No details are included in the strategy regarding the regulatory measures in relation to secondary spectrum markets, only that these regulatory details will have to be drafted before the end of 2015. For the Hungarian version, see: