Five out of six Hungarians have some form of internet access in their homes via a fixed or mobile connection.
According to recent market research undertaken by the regulator NMHH, mobile phone internet subscriptions rose from 63% to 67% during the pandemic, though consumers still prefer fixed to mobile connections at home. NMHH also found that over 90% of the active age population uses the internet regularly. While internet usage is starting earlier among children – 4% of two-year olds already do so – nearly 20% of people over the age of 85 also regularly browse the web.
In Hungary, the number of internet users in the active age group – 97.1% in the 15-50 age group – has practically reached the possible upper limit.
NMHH notes that 7% of those aged 51-53 are left out of the world of the internet. Over the age of 80, this rises to 90%, and among those over the age of 90 it is virtually 100%. The older age group is influenced by two factors in their internet habits: whether they live a lonely or social life and their education.
Everyone between the ages of 20 and 50, except those with only a basic education, is online. Among those over the age of 50, however, there is a significant difference between each education group. Older people with tertiary education are at home on the World Wide Web: 80% of graduates around the age of 70 and 60% of those around the age of 80 use the internet.