Prime Minister Viktor Orbán met Deutsche Telekom CEO Timotheus Höttges in his office on Friday afternoon, his press chief said. They were joined by Deutsche Telekom board of management member Srini Gopalan, who is responsible for the European segment of the company, Magyar Telekom CEO Tibor Rékasi, Innovation and Technology Minister László Palkovics and the head of the Prime Minister’s Cabinet Office Antal Rogán, Bertalan Havasi told MTI. The sides discussed opportunities and challenges related to digital development in Hungary and reviewed results achieved together, he added. Höttges said Magyar Telekom is further committed to the digital development of Hungary, and is taking on a significant role in building up modern mobile and fixed line infrastructure. Developments could be accelerated if market players could redirect part of the sectoral tax they pay to investments, he added.
Magyar Telekom’s investments in its network in Hungary came close to 240 billion forints (EUR 748m) in 2014-2018. The sides agreed that the regulatory environment, investment incentives and spectrum management are all tools that can serve the accelerated rollout of the “gigabit society”, and that their combined efforts could make Hungary a digital heavyweight in the region.