Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Radio Prague Today 7.18.2012

Articles posted today

Will auction of frequencies bring cheaper mobile calls?

The Czech telecommunications authority has moved to open up the country's mobile calling market for new players. It is auctioning the frequencies of 800, 1800 and 2600 MHz, which is expected to fetch around 7.4 billion crowns. The bidding, which opened last week, will close on September 10, and the winners should be announced by the end of the year. If the auction is a success, a new mobile phone operator could possibly bring down the high prices of mobile calls. But besides the existing mobile network operators, few new players have expressed interest in taking part.

Klaus backs embattled police president

Differences between police president Petr Lessy, Prime Minister Petr Nečas and the country's finance minister, Miroslav Kalousek, reached boiling point this week, leading the country's head-of-state, Vaclav Klaus, to weigh in. On Wednesday Mr Klaus met the police president at Prague Castle, expressed full support for him and clearly stated that attacks against the police official had to stop.

New website seeks to name and shame stores caught by the Czech food safety inspectorate

On June 10th, a new consumer protection website was launched by the Czech Ministry of Agriculture designed to significantly aid in consumer protection. The site is named "potraviny na pranýři" – or "groceries on the stocks" (official translation: "food pillory"), meaning the old-fashioned wooden kind used to publically humiliate wrongdoers. The project has been a huge hit with consumers, while many leading supermarket chains are less than thrilled.