David_Sand in his blog discusses incompetence of theRA Ministry of Transport and Communication. He notes, that the website of the ministry is a constant source of scandal and controversy and discusses the implications of the case on “provision of the 1710-1785GGHz and 1805-1880GGHz radio frequences to the Armentel”. On a more positive note, David_S states, that this could well be an indication, that Armentel intends to provide GPRS internet connectivity to its mobile subscribers. Needless to remind once again, that at the moment Armentel is only providing ISDN/Analog GSM/CSD connectivity at the rate of 9600bps to is customers.
Kornelij Glas reports that the election date is set for May 12 and dwells on the issue of Armenia’s first president Levon Ter-Petrosyan’s probable participation in the upcoming elecitons.
David_Sand followes up on economic court action undertaken by a group of Armenian Radio companies over the newly imposed annual fee for servicing the broadcast frequency. It will be a long fight and will go all the way to the Constitutional court David speculates.
Almost two in three Armenians believe that corruption in their country has increased in recent years despite declared government efforts to combat it, according to new research made public on Wednesday, as we can see from the updates in the comment section to this post by Onnik Krikoryan.
RHYNE at the Armenia Blog also talks of the issue, adding a degree of bitter sarcasm and a joke:
It couldn’t be love, peace, happiness, or food for the needy. No! It had to be corruption.
The majority of interviewees (64.0%) believe that the level of corruption has increased during the last three years.
While prioritizing the solutions to improve the current situation, 89.0% of the respondents pointed to a necessity of ensuring free and fair elections. They also referred to strengthening law enforcement (93.9%) and punishment of those involved in corruption (91.9%) as a key to the success of reducing corruption in the country.