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Magyar Telekom, Hungary’s largest telecommunications company, is deploying 4G long-term evolution (LTE) multimedia services using Cisco mobile Internet solutions.Magyar Telekom launched its 4G/LTE-based mobile Internet service to businesses and consumers on Jan. 1, 2012.

Magyar Telekom, part of Germany’s Deutsche Telekom Group, selected the Cisco ASR 5000 Series Mobile Multimedia Core, Cisco ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers, and Cisco ME 3800X Series Carrier Ethernet Switch Routers.


Highlights/Key Facts

• Magyar Telekom, which embarked on its large-scale network modernizing project in May 2011, operates the country’s largest consumer-access mobile network development program. The company has 5.2 million mobile customers.

• To prepare the commercial launch of the new 4G/LTE service on Jan. 1, between October and December 2011, Magyar Telekom tested an extended network based on 4G/LTE mobile technology with the involvement of several hundred friendly consumers, SMEs and enterprise customers.

• As a result of the intensive development, 40 percent of Budapest’s population was covered by 4G/LTE base stations at the launch of commercial service, and all Budapest areas are scheduled to be covered by end of 2012.

• LTE is a wireless broadband technology that supports roaming Internet access via mobile phones and devices. It has been labeled fourth-generation, or 4G, technology because its download speeds and quality are superior to those of existing 2G and 3G networks.

• According to the latest Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI), mobile data traffic inCentral and Eastern Europe will grow 21-fold from 2011 to 2016, a compound annual growth rate of 83 percent. Overall, in Central and Eastern Europe, mobile data traffic is expected to grow two times as fast as fixed Internet Protocol traffic from 2011 to 2016. Mobile video traffic is expected to grow 32-fold over the same period. This rapid growth raises the demand for high-quality mobile broadband networks.

• The Cisco ASR 5000 Series is a purpose-built mobile multimedia core platform featuring a distributed architecture.