Armenian government to use Unicode fonts

Review of June 7-14 telecom and IT events.

The Armenian government has discussed usage of Armenian Unicode fonts for state structures’ records. “Armenian state structures are using various encodings in their work. Moreover, their websites are often unreadable because of the encoding used,” Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan said. He also instructed all Ministers to open e-mails at domain. According to head of the government administration David Sargsyan, the problem may be resolved in a couple of weeks.

PanARMENIAN.Net - Earlier, participants of BarCamp conference requested the Prime Minister to work out a national strategy on e-content in the Armenian language, including Unicode encoding, usage of official mailboxes, etc.

Armenian PowerSpell 2010 program version will soon be released, enabling spellchecking in Microsoft Word as well as MS Excel. Armenian PowerSpell spellchecker was released in 2009.

The spellchecker, supporting both Unicode and legacy ANSI encodings, is a complete spell-checking package with the ability to check up to 600,000 words and word forms. The program also provides basic grammar checking. The software is Microsoft Word-compatible. The software is used by CBA and a number of Armenian Ministries.

Yerevan hosted regular UITE-organized annual DigiTec Business forum, aiming at introduction of information technologies in different sectors of economy, presenting business oriented products and services. The event brought together 40 local and Southeast European companies. DigiTec Business exhibit, E-Fin electronic finance conference, seminars and round table discussions were organized under the sponsorship of Apaga Technologies, Cyberoam representative in Armenia.

Import of dual-use goods and their movement across Armenia will be discussed at DigiTec Business forum. “The working group will examine the law on dual-use goods and will submit proposals till the end of June,” RA Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan told a PanARMENIAN.Net reporter. Meanwhile, the Union of Information Technology Enterprises (UITE) requested the Armenian President to send the law to the parliament for improvement. The main drawback of the law is that it doesn’t give a clear explanation on “dual-use goods” and “intellectual products” terms.

ArmenTel CJSC (Beeline trademark) provides new opportunities to connect to its fixed-line telephony. Specifically, until December 31, 2010, individuals and legal persons, who want to access Beeline fixed-line telephony, may pay for the link-up by installments during 12 months.

Kornet-AM subsidiary, Komstar-OTS, announced WiMAX wireless network expansion. In June 2010, Kornet-AM launched operations in Kajaran. The company was assisted by GNC-Alfa network services operator, whose network is based on Fiber-Optic Cable (FOC) infrastructure.

Kornet-AM plans expanding mutual collaboration with GNC-Alfa to enable dynamic development and improvement of service quality. WiMAX wireless network covers 20 major cities of Armenia.

COMSTAR-UTS company, which is in MTS group of companies, announced the launch of process of offering COMSTAR’s products and services under MTS brand. There will be two brands – MTS and MGTS – at the Russian telecommunications market within MTS group of companies (which is comprised of MTS, COMSTAR-UTS and MGTS) by the end of 2011. Thus, COMSTAR-UTS brands will be gradually replaced by MTS brand in Moscow and regions, COMSTAR-UTS reported. Since 2006, the interests of COMSTAR-UTS company have been represented in Armenia by Cornet-AM company, which provides broadband Internet access, data transfer and corporate networking services based on both fixed and wireless telecom technologies, the WiMAX wireless access technology as well as digital local and long-range communication services. MTS OJSC is the owner of 80% shares of VivaCell-MTS cellular operator in Armenia.

Chief Commercial Officer of iCon Communications Raffi Kassarjian said that iCon Communications will provide non-geographic numbers for VoIP telephony users soon. “Currently, our subscribers can use IP telephony services through connecting their telephones to a modem,” Kassarjian told a PanARMENIAN.Net reporter. “Later, we plan to allocate numbers allowing our users to call each other within iCon network,” Kassarjian noted.

Gayane Mirzoyan / PanARMENIAN News
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