The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has released key 2000-2010 country data on telecommunications and internet statistics around the world. The study indicates, that the number of internet users has quadrupled in Armenia over the past two years.
On a very rough estimate that would mean, that more than 1 million 180 thousand people are online in Armenia. Wow! Frankly, that is somewhat unbeleivable. Even more so, if we consider the fact, that ITU identifies Armenia’s Ministry of Transport and Communication as the source of the data. As internet penetration figure has a promotional importance for the Armenian government, which has made IT a strategic priority, it is very much motivated to inflate those figures.
But as a counter argument I would say, that if we add up the number of Armenians registered on social networks like Odnoklassniki.ru and Facebook, we would get roughly comparable figures. So its not impossible, but the lion’s share of those users would probably be accessing internet through their mobile phones or using shared internet connection at work, at home or at internet cafes, etc.