The Hungarian regulatory authority NHH has published a consultation document addressing future high-level policy and strategy for the telecommunications sector in Hungary.

The aim of the NHH is, amongst others, to formulate new overall and detailed policy goals, after taking input from industry players and end-users and other involved parties.

In a first phase, a discussion paper is issued for public comments. This discussion paper identifies and explains the challenges and issues the regulator expects to face in the near future.  The 53 page discussion paper (in Hungarian only) can be accessed by clicking here

In a second phase, the responses to the public consultation will be evaluated and this, together with the ideas formulated in the discussion paper, will be wrought into a regulatory strategy (expected to be published at the end of 2005) which will:

1) Provide an overview and assessment of the Hungarian telecommunications market, and which will examine developing trends. The document will also identify the most important problems, especially with regard to the competitive functioning of the market.

2) Establish the regulatory goals on certain telecommunications markets, the freedom of the regulator to act, and the possible alternatives and the impact to be expected on the market.

3) Put forward alternatives for regulating developing and converging markets. 

The conclusions will be used in order to develop the 2006-2010 regulatory strategy.

The 15 key questions (in Hungarian only) can be accessed by clicking here

Questions 1 and 2 pertain to the development of the market (in general and more specifically as applicable in Hungary). Question 3 deals with the identification of the key regulatory areas that will be of importance in the next 3 to 5 years. Question 4 addresses spectrum policy and question 5 interoperability and technical interfaces. Question 6 asks for positions vis-à-vis network-based competition or service-based competition. Question 7 regards the extent to which asymmetric regulation is necessary and question 8 tries to establish how the regulatory environment can be made more transparent and predictable. Question 9 deals with the new convergent services.

Questions 10 and 11 address the topic of Next Generation Networks, especially in the context of all IP networks, as well as technologies such as ADSL2+ and FTTx. Question 12 deals with the new possibilities for traditional fixed networks; VoIP is mentioned in this context. Question 13 follows up on this question and asks what the regulator can do in order to improve the penetration of broadband; the role of wireless technologies such as WiMAX is also addressed in this context. Question 14 concerns the impact of digital television and the development of broadcast and other services over xDSL (e.g. video on demand). Question 15 closes this consultation with reflections on quality of service parameters and whether such parameters should be usefully imposed or not.

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