Contract Signing for the Implementation of the Unified Digital Radio Communications System (EDR) in Hungary

Public Procurement Resulted in Contract Signing for the Implementation of the Unified Digital Radio Communications System (EDR) in Hungary

Budapest, 27 October 2005 – The EDR Government Commissioner and the T-Mobile Hungary – Hungarian Telekom Consortium have concluded the contract for the implementation of the Unified Digital Radio Telecommunications System (EDR) as a result of an open two-round negotiations public procurement procedure.

Considered users of the EDR system in Hungary are: National Police, Border Guards, Fire Services, Catastrophy Protection Directorate, National Environmental and Water Management Directorate, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Justice, Prime Minister’s Office, National Safety Services, Ministry of Health – National Ambulance Service, Hungarian Army. The EDR will by implemented by using TETRA technology in the 380-400 MHz frequency band.

‘The Government of Hungary, with the 1031/2003. (IV. 09.) Government Decision, ordered the implementation of the unified digital radio communication system according to the Schengen requirements (1988) and the specifications of the European Telecommunications Standardization Institute (ETSI) in order to meet the radio communications requirements of the public safety and emergency services and the government. The purpose of the public safety radio telecommunications system providing extremely high availability is to ensure a professional connection between the various emergency and safety organizations that makes the execution of actions quicker, more effective and safe’ – said Mr. Istvan Pesti, EDR Project Government Commissioner.
‘With today’s contract signing a preparation work of a decade has been concluded and the implementation of the Unified Digital Radio Telecommunications System has become close to realization. It was my pleasure to be able to sign the contract on behalf of the Government’ – added Mr. Pesti.

T-Mobile Hungary-Hungarian Telecom Consortium as the winner service provider of the public procurement process in relation with the implementation of the EDR system, are to undertake the following obligations according to the contract:

  • Implementation of the TETRA network in the Budapest area by 5 April 2006
  • Implementation of 39 base stations and 2 repeaters in Budapest
  • Providing 14 000 terminals – within a terminal rental construction – for the users (Police, Catastrophy Prevention, Border Guards, National Environmental and Water Management Directorate and Civilian Intelligence Services) of the Budapest Network
  • Handing over of the nationwide TETRA network by 31 January 2007 (according to the 1053/2005 Government
    Decision) providing 94% coverage within the territory of the Republic of Hungary
  • Installation of approximately 2-300 base stations nationwide by the beginning of 2007
  • The system will be able to ensure the operation of further 28 000 terminals by the time of the nationwide handover. These terminals will not necessarily be provided by the winning service provider.
  • Nationwide availability/year will be 99,9%. Outage time: 8 hours/year

Planned yearly net service fee: HUF 9 325 000 000 Duration of the contract: 10 years

‘We are happy to be able to start the operation of the new emergency and safety communications system very fast even in international terms based on the experience of the experts and on the up-to-date complex telecommunications infrastructure of the T-Mobile and Hungarian Telecom Group.’ – emphasized by Dr. Zsigmond Bodnar, T-Mobile Deputy Managing Director. Dr. Zsigmond Bodnar added: ‘Within only 15 months we are going to provide TETRA services available nationwide, proving that we are able to achieve significant results in the field of telecommunications as one of the leading telecommunications companies globally.’

Mr. Rudolf Jekler, Morpho Communications
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