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(From Budapest Business Journal)
Byline: Robert Smyth
Hungary's telecom players have broadly welcomed the latest draft of the Electronic Communications Law which is due to go to Parliament in the fall and replace the existing Telecom Law as of the beginning of next year. "The new draft is almost fully in line with the relevant EU directives," said Zoltan Ormos of Ormos Law Firm, which represents the Association of Alternative Telecom Firms. This includes PanTel Rt, GTS DataNet Kft, eTel Hungary Kft and Antenna Hungaria. Last Friday Ormos Law Office submitted to the IT and Telecommunications Ministry a list of recommendations on the new draft. Hungary's second largest mobile operator, Pannon GSM Rt, also backed the document. The ministry has ten days from last Friday to decide whether to accept the recommendations. The draft will then be sent around for inter-ministerial approval. Gabriella Sulle, strategic policy advisor at PanTel cautioned that 10 days is a too short period for the ministry to look at all the comments. The alternatives have been vehemently critical of …