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Pro-M to test faster network for emergency services

Pro-M, a Magyar Telekom unit that built and operates a digital communications network for Hungary's emergency services, will test a new system with a transfer speed 40 times that of the present one.

Pro-M could put the Fortecor TETRA Enhanced Data Service (TEDS) into everyday use in 2012, chief executive Béla Kozma said at a press conference on Tuesday. The company is spending HUF 10 million on the testing, he added.

Pro-M is testing the TEDS with Cassidian.

Pro-M's initial investment setting up the emergency services communications network was HUF 20-22 billion. The company has spent a further HUF 5 billion on building out the network and making developments, in line with the contract.

Pro-M won the contract five years ago to build and operate the network until 2015. It is awarded an annual HUF 9.33 billion service fee from the state under the contract.