Magyar Telekom's 5G service is now available in 23 settlements, the telecommunications company announced on Wednesday. This spring, the company launched the new generation network in the first round in Budapest, Budaörs and certain areas of Zalaegerszeg, and in the summer it further developed some of the cells, mainly on the shores of Lake Balaton and in certain university cities.
According to a press release issued by the company, the “gigabit 5G service” on Telekom's network in certain parts of Budapest, Budaörs, Zalaegerszeg, Debrecen, Kecskemét, Szeged and Szombathely, as well as in 16 settlements of the Lake Balaton region – Siófok, Tihany, Balatonföldénymádi, Balaton , Balatonfüred, Balatonlelle, Balatonmáriafürdő, Balatonszabadi-Sóstó, Fonyód, Gyenesdiás, Balatonfenyves, Keszthely, Vonyarcvashegy, Zamárdi and Hévíz – partially available. During the summer, the company switched on dozens of new 5G stations, which for the time being operate in the 3.5 GHz frequency band on a so-called 5G non-standalone basis, building on existing 4G infrastructure.
The service requires both a 5G-capable device and a tariff plan in the coverage area – Telekom currently provides free 5G access to its unlimited mobilenet packages for the retail and SME segment, but the portfolio will be renewed in the autumn, at least that the service provider had already informed its subscribers in early August that the currently sold mobile voice and data packages could not be contracted from October 1.
In the new portfolio, the 5G service is still only available for packages with large data frames. However, CountingNews knows from an unofficial source that this time some changes will be expected, mainly in the composition and terms of Magenta1 packages, which include both fixed and mobile services, partly in response to the fact that similar integrated services have appeared on the market in the meantime. Vodafone Hungary, which acquires UPC  By the way, Vodafone Hungary is currently the other Hungarian service provider besides Telekom that offers 5G access. The company was the first in the country to switch on its first 5G cells in Budapest last October, and it also gradually expanded its network during the summer, similar to its rival, to certain settlements on Lake Balaton and certain county capitals.
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