Budapest get’s new flag

The Budapest city council has approved the new flag, that will consist of the national tricolor on the edges, a plain white background, as well as the city’s coat of arms placed in the centre.

The old flag

And the new

Hungarian Govt establishes Freedom Award

The name of the first recipients of the award will be announced in the presence of Condoleezza Rice, former US Minister of Foreign Affairs, and maybe the current minister, Hilary Clinton, hirado.hu writes.

The Hungarian government is establishing a Hungarian Freedom Award.  The name of the first recipient will be announced at the trans-atlantic diplomatic week’s Freedom Dinner – Zsolt Németh, state secretary announced.

Hungary might introduce tax on unhealthy products

The government has decided, and if the parliament also votes in favour, the “Hamburger tax” may arrive in September, Hungarian TV2 reports.  This tax has a focus on sodas, potato chips, sweets and energy beverages.  Companies selling these products in Hungary will have to pay more tax.  The government’s spokesman said that the list is not yet complete.


The government decided today on a tax on unhealthy food, and drinks, including snacks such as potato chips and sweets, but also baged soups.  The tax has been coined as the “Hamburger tax” amoung people, while it’s official name is “Public health product fee”.  Anna Nagy, spokeswoman for the government says that as of 1st of September grocery products who’s consuming is proven to have an unhealthy impact on people’s health and bring with them a health risk.
Products with high content of sugar, salt, carbon dioxide and caffeine would be charged with an extra tax.

The government says that the list may be extended, but an overview might look like this:

Soft drinks    10 HUF/Liter

Energy drinks    300 HUF /Liter

Wrapped sweets    200 HUF /Kg

Ice Cream    100 HUF /Kg

Salt Snacks     400 HUF /Kg

Food Powder    500 HUF /Kg

Bagged powders for preparing meals are the ones that seem to get the most tax, while also chips and energy drinks will have a significant tax to it.

Péter Boros, Manager at CO-OP Hungary says that the prices of these mentioned products will increase since the added tax will not be included in the current prices of the products.  Saying further that they expect this price increase to further lower the demand for products in an alreadt tight market.

Original plans included taxing fast food as well as products added preservatives, while the government has not yet decided on this matter.

The only other country in Europe that has a similiar tax, on products containing sugar, is Denmark.

Telenor: 75% of smartphones sold run Android

One in five handsets sold by Telenor is a smartphone. Android is clearly the most popular platform with three of four handsets sold running the Google OS. These news were announced at Telenor’s Best of Android Workshop presenting two new Android-based handsets and two winning applications of the operator’s idea contest, Telenor writes in a press release.

Telenor and Free Association Kft. conducted a market survey among Hungarian Internet users in the first quarter of 2011. One in three men and one in four women interviewed in the survey have a smartphone and about the same number use small-screen mobile Internet. Of the ways of using small-screen Internet, phone-based browsing is increasingly popular both with men and women (59% and 69%, respectively). When asked about the mobile operating systems they’ve heard of, 60% of men and nearly 25% of women spontaneously mentioned Android. Statistics also confirm the increasing dominance of Android beating the runner-up by nearly 10% in Hungary.[1]

Telenor continuously expands its smartphone offering. Currently, it has the largest Android-based portfolio in Hungary including 23 models. New additions include Sony Ericsson XperiaTM neo, a state of-the-art environmentally friendly handset available only from Telenor in Hungary. Using the latest Sony technologies, this smartphone can capture high quality photos even in poor light conditions and delivers a crystal clear image on its display. Another handset soon to hit the shelves will be HTC ChaCha, an Android-based smartphone with a QWERTY keyboard and a front-side camera tailored to the needs of Facebook fans. The most popular Android-based handset sold by Telenor is Samsung Galaxy S favoured by one in five smartphone customers. The recently announced Galaxy S II is expected to be even more successful than its predecessor.

“Telenor wants to make the benefits of smartphones available to as many people as possible. The Smart Tariffs available since May 2011 offer our customers unlimited browsing and e-mail. To further enhance user experience and provide our customers with the best Internet access also in the long run we started developing a new network. Hipernet will offer access with a theoretical maximum speed of 21 Mbps virtually to all Hungarians. The Android Workshop series announced in December aims to take the world of smartphones and mobile Internet closer to people because this is the platform that brings the benefits of mobile Internet within reach. The popularity of these events shows that we do share useful information with participants. With this initiative, we contributed to the emergence of a real Android community in Hungary”, said Ferenc Klausz III, Chief Corporate Development Officer of Telenor Hungary.

The fifth Android Workshop, the last one before the summer holiday, repeated the most exciting presentations of previous events. The agenda of the Best of Android Workshop and its choice of speakers were decided based on the online votes of Telenor’s Facebook fans.

The event also presented “Magyar Alkalmazások” and “Kétkerék” bike route planner, two winning applications of the Androidea contest announced by Telenor at the first Andorid Workshop. Magyar Alkalmazások collects Hungarian apps sold on Android Market in one place together with their description and availability details. Third-place winner “Kétkerék” bike route planner makes the life of bikers easier with functions to plan, capture and share bike routes and an integrated GPS for orientation. Its users can also browse a database of 19,000 sites including monuments, museums, natural sights, restaurants and accommodations. The applications are available for download from Telenor’s Website and Android Market.

[1] Source: Statcounter, http://gs.statcounter.com

FUEL SURCHARGE CORRECTION UNDER €1

Malév is modifying its fuel surcharge from 20 June 2011, resulting in an average 80 euro cent (approximately HUF 210) increase in costs per flight segment, the airline writes in a press release.

The correction is made necessary by the consistently high cost of fuel, fluctuations in exchange rates and the pricing policies of competitors. Malév constantly tracks changes in the price of fuel and the reactions of the airline industry. A report by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) released on 6 June states that airlines have to reckon on high fuel prices throughout 2011.

Telekom leads new Internet Protocol (IPv6) implementation

Magyar Telekom and its subsidiary, KFKI is joining the World IPv6 Day content-and internet providers have announced all over the world, Magyar Telekom writes in a press release.  Joining the international initiative scheduled for June 8, 2011, Telekom will provide content on IPv6 already, and, respectively, it will also ensure the possibility of IPv6 connectivity for the servers operating at its Budapest Data Parks.

Several content providers known all over the world, among them Google, Facebook and Yahoo have announced a world-wide test for June 8, 2011, and it is the World IPv6 Day (http://isoc.org/wp/worldipv6day/). The aim of the initiative is to encourage players of the information society to ready themselves as soon as possible for the transition from the Internet Protocol (IP) 4 network protocol (IPv4), which manages the use of the internet, to the IPv6 version. Due to the explosive growth of the number of internet users and the equipment they are using by early 2011 the 4.3 billion possible addresses available in IPv4 for using the internet have run out. One of the consequences of this may be that it is not going to be possible to connect any new equipment to the internet. The rollout of IPv6 is necessary as the further, long-term growth of the internet will only be enabled by the seemingly endless space to be available with the help of IPv6. In addition IPv6 will enable quicker, safer and simpler internet connectivity.

Those having announced the test and the content and internet providers joining the initiative will render on the World IPv6 Day the internet sites they provide (Google, Gmail, Google Map, YouTube, Facebook) available for internet users on IPv6 as well. According to expert opinions and preliminary tests it cannot be expected that massive problems would emerge in internet use.

Magyar Telekom considers the implementation of technological innovations to be its strategic target, therefore it is spearheading the region in IPv6 implementation and it is for this reason it attaches importance to joining the World IPv6 Day. In order to promote the technological change the company renders available for its hosting customers connectivity through the IPv6 address at its Budapest Data Parks as of June 1, 2011. With the help of this the servers operating here may also be granted an IPv6 address beside their prevailing IPv4 address.

In addition a part of Magyar Telekom’s websites, www.telekom.hu, www.t-home.hu, www.t-mobile.hu, www.t-systems.hu, www.kfkizrt.hu, www.origo.hu and www.iwiw.hu will also become partially available on IPv6.

Magyar Telekom also expects that in the result of the successful preparation the changes announced are not going to cause problems for customers. The company’s aim is to implement modifications in the network securing the continued rollout of IPv6 in such a manner that it should remain unnoticed for the company’s customers. Customers interested in the topic may continue to use the IPv6 test service launched in 2009 on their ADSL and GPON access technologies provided their home network has been prepared for handling the IPv6 protocol. Corporate customers will have the chance to test and study the IPv6 technology in KFKI’s show room.

About IPv4

The several million computers and network terminals (like printers, cameras, mobile tools, etc.) connected by the internet communicate using a unified language and, respectively, system which is called Internet Protocol, or, as abbreviated, IP. In this system network terminals (computers, printers, cameras, mobile tools, etc.) are identified with the help of a so-called IP address, which currently exists in its fourth generation, with its name generating herefrom: IPv4.

About IPv6

IPv6 is the next widespread version of IPv4. Instead of the 32-bit addresses used by IPv4, IPv6 uses 128 bits, which, in principle, renders 2 on 128th addresses available for distribution. In this way all equipment connected to the network may be furnished with a public, globally specific and possible to be transferred on the internet IPv6 address, due to which the use of the supplementary address translation facility (NAT-Network Address Translation) used in today’s IPv4 networks by fire walls and routers will become redundant. Today this facility is necessary for the reason that, due to reasons of economy, every router is assigned only one IPv4 IP address then, with the help of a built-in function it assigns individual identifiers with a private IP address to each terminal of the branch network, which, however, is not specific on the internet.

This technological change in fact is not going to be a fast shift, but rather a gradual transition. The two protocols, IPv4 and IPv6 will probably live side by side for a long time to come. The benefit of the IPv6 technology is that it constitutes an endless row of addresses and communication will become safer, simpler and faster with its use. In addition, almost all equipment connected to the internet will possess its own IP address in the future. It will facilitate the implementation of new applications, for example, the activation of heating or the washing machine from a distance, with the help of our mobile phones.


Stylish companion for work and home: Telenor offers smartphone for female entrepreneurs

Telenor offers a smartphone with business tariffs to help female entrepreneurs establish a better work-life balance. The Samsung Galaxy Ace is a stylish companion for women available with a choice of five different Manager Tariffs tailored to the needs of entrepreneurs, Telenor writes in a press release on their website.

Women have to handle different aspects of life: they have to manage household chores, take care of their children and organize the life of their family. In addition, many of them are successful in their work. But a busy businesswoman hardly has any time for friends and recreation. This is the reason why it is especially important for them to be able to manage their time and organize their life as efficiently as possible.

Based on the latest survey of SEED Foundation for Small Enterprise Development1, efficient time management is one of the greatest challenges for female entrepreneurs, especially if they have a startup enterprise. More than three in four respondents said that they have less time for their families and themselves because of work and the same number mentioned stress as a negative effect. In addition, survey results show that most family-related and household chores are still the responsibility of women.

Scandinavian ATC school opens in Budapest

Scandinavian Air Traffic School will educate air traffic controllers in Central-Europe.

The Scandinavian air traffic controller school, Entry Port North, that is owned by Norwegian Avinor, Danish Naviar and Swedish LFV is opening a joint air traffic controller school in Budapest – in co-operation with the Hungarian air navigation company Hungarocontrol.  The new school will be named Entry Point Central, writes boarding.no

Future Hungarian air traffic controllers will be educated in accordance with Scandinavian training methods at the Entry Point Budapest.  The first class of Hungarian students will start in September.  With time the school will also offer education to students from other Central European countries.

The co-operation with HungaroControl is in line with the stratergy of Entry Point North of offering the schools services on the international market.  HungarControl wishes with this co-operation to strenghten the quality within it’s own operation.  Entry Point was chosen as a partner due to it’s high professional standards.

The co-operation is also in line with the intentions in the EU’s Single European Sky-programme about increased co-operation and harmonization of the air traffic control between the European countries.



Former Hungarian President Buried Today

Former President of hungary, Ferenc Mádl was buried today in Budapest.
Many people were present to pay their respect to him and his family.

The former president started his political carrier in József Antal’s government, amoung other as a minister of culture.  He went on to become Hungary’s president in the term from 2000-2005, and was then a strong supporter of the dual citizenship of Hungarians.  current President of Hungary – Pál Schmitt held a speech about the late president, emphasizing Mádl’s humane nature and saying that “He was a very down to earth person, and showed every day that the shortest route between two people is a smile”.
Other speeches also included his work for the Hungarians living abroad, remembering about a trip Mádl had to Transylvania, when a Székely man came infront of him and said “Mr. President. I want to die as a Hungarian.”

Yesterday a memorial was held for the late president at the parliament, where László Kövér said that Ferenc Mádl was a christian man, who brought with him his faith from the village where he was raised.

Ferenc Mádl died 81 years old, on May 29.

Former President buried today