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Magyar Telekom

Magyar Telekom Nyrt.
Public Limited Company
BUX Component
CETOP20 Component
Industry Telecommunication
Founded 1991
Headquarters Budapest, Hungary
Area served
Central and Eastern Europe
Key people
Kerstin Günther - (Chairwoman)
Christopher Mattheisen - (CEO)
Products Fixed Telephony, Mobile Telephony, Broadband Internet, IT Services, Networking Solutions, Digital TV
Revenue US$ 2.698 billion (2012)[1]
US$ 263.7 million (2012)[1]
US$ 203.86 million (2012)[1]
Total assets US$ 4.702 billion (2012)[1]
Total equity US$ 2.320 billion (2012)[1]
(on 225.1 USD/HUF)
Number of employees
10,870 (2014)[1]
Parent Deutsche Telekom (59.21% of shares)
Subsidiaries Makedonski Telekom
T-Crnogorski Telekom
Website .hutelekom
Headquarters of Magyar Telekom in Budapest
Kerstin Günther
Magyar Telekom's Chairwoman
Christopher Mattheisen
Magyar Telekom's Chief Executive Officer

Magyar Telekom Nyrt. (Magyar Telekom Távközlési Részvénytársaság – Hungarian Telekom Telecommunications Plc.) is the largest Hungarian telecommunications company. The former monopolist is now a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom (in 59.21% of shares). Until May 6, 2005, it was (and informally still is) known as MATÁV (Magyar Távközlési Rt. - Hungarian Telecommunications PLC.). The company was formed under the name of Magyar Távközlési Vállalat (Hungarian Telecommunications Enterprise) in December 1989, when Magyar Posta (Hungarian Post) was split to three separate enterprises. On December 31, 1991, the company was re-structured as a Public Limited Company, as Magyar Távközlési Rt., and the company remained in 100% state ownership until the end of 1993. On July 1, 1993, the Telecommunications Act came into effect, and now it was possible to privatise the company. A consortium was formed by Deutsche Telekom and Ameritech International, which was named MagyarCom, and bought into the company a share of 30.1% for a price of 875 million USD.


  • Company group 1
  • International companies 2
  • Development projects 3
    • NGN based developments 3.1
    • WiMax developments 3.2
    • xDSL technologies 3.3
    • Optical systems 3.4
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Company group

Magyar Telekom Group covers three business areas: wireline services, mobile communications, services provided to business customers. The further members of the Magyar Telekom Group in Hungary are the following:

  • T-Home (fusion of T-Com, T-Online, and T-Kábel)
  • T-Mobile (formerly Westel 900, later Westel)
  • T-Systems (formerly Matáv Üzleti Szolgáltatások Üzletág)

International companies

The Magyar Telekom Group’s strategy is to strengthen its footprint in the southeastern European telecommunications market. By the end of 2006 the telecom held substantial shares in companies:

Development projects

NGN based developments

Magyar Telekom have been working on several subjects, one of them is the ENUM (E.164 NUmber Mapping) project. In the frame of the project is elaborated such a pilot ENUM system, which allows assigning ENUM identifiers to users and accessing the ENUM users at several, different addresses. A web-based GUI (Graphical User Interface) is provided both for the administration and the managing of user profiles. Many investigations in the signaling protocols of 3G mobile networks are made to amalgamate geographical mobility and dynamically distributable relatively high bandwidth with the wide range of next-generation services. In the field of IP telephony services and applications they have already implemented the integration of hardware-based telephones. They have elaborated such a QoS measuring method, with the help of which the quality of the VoIP (Voice over IP) service can be tested and measured on a relative scale, and the given test results can be compared.

A special case of mobility is the so-called nomadic mobility, when the user, who is on the move, is not connected to the network. An average laptop user can hardly concentrate on his work, while he is on the way. He needs network connection only when he stopped and can pull out his laptop from his bag. For instance, such typical places of temporary, nomadic presence are the public WLAN hotspots located in airports or cafeterias, or connection points made available by companies for their business partners visiting them. In the course of our developments Magyar Telekom have been analyzing the possibilities of providing VoIP connection for such "wandering" subscribers.

WiMax developments

Magyar Telekom has already announced its new WiMax technology based service. In the interest of it, they have created a test environment on which the system integration and functional tests can be carried out prior to general rollout.

xDSL technologies

The traditional twisted copper pair continues to be a determinant element of access networks. Systems of the past have been improved in efficiency through numerous innovations and the appearing newer and newer technologies offer further possibilities for the providers. In the frame of this research we have been analyzing the possibilities of new generation xDSL technologies (ADSL2, ADSL2+, SHDSL, VDSL2). Achievable bandwidth, reachable distance, and the triple-play features of equipment are in the focus of the tests. Moreover, we carry out analyses and measurements to identify the conditions of system integration of DSLAM-s with Ethernet uplink. The purpose of the research works is to enable for Magyar Telekom to determine already in the early phase of technological developments those solutions that can provide broadband access for the future's advanced services.

Optical systems

In high-speed (10, 40 Gbit/s) DWDM systems, especially in pure optical networks, the optimum location of the optical amplifiers and the dispersion compensating elements to a great extent influences the performance (throughput) capabilities of the network. At the same time, an exact and accurate calculation method giving the optimum for the location based on the physical parameters of the network and the active elements, is not yet available. The R&D theme has the purpose to explore the mentioned interrelations and through practical measurements to verify and correct the theoretical results. In the frame of this research work we are searching for those practicable calculation and dimensioning methods that can be manufacturer, vendor, or system independently applied for the "physical" networks.


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Annual Report 2012" (PDF). Magyar Telekom. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 

External links

  • Magyar Telekom website
  • Today Matáv has officially changed its name to Magyar Telekom (article)
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