Chart of internet use in Armenia between 2000 and 2020

Internet penetration rate has declined in Armenia in 2020 according to ITU

Struggling to do some actual work in these troubled times and working on a couple of international reports, I was looking through the data on Internet usage and noticed that for the first time since early 2000s the Internet penetration rate has declined in Armenia according to ITU.

Looking at absolute numbers we can see that there’s probably some sort of a statistical issue: in 2019 and 2020 we have the exact same number of internet users: 2,126,716, while the population number has grown by 26,000. Moreover, the number of Internet users is the exact same in 2015 as well, which is highly unlikely. Still, it’s the first time in at least 20 years that I don’t see a substantial growth in the number of internet users in official statistics.

Here’s a different chart that I found from PSRC reports, which contradicts to ITU’s data, where we can see that the number of internet users has grown to 2411519 in 2016, 2623632 in 2017 and 2893964 in 2018. So I guess we can conclude that the ITU data is outdated. I’m left to ponder, how to find the real and up to date numbers, since the PSRC website was recently hacked by Azebaijani hackers and is not available.

Individuals using the Internet in Armenia, 2012 – 2018

I’ll drop this table here from the ITU for future reference just in case.

YEARUsersPopulation% Pen.GDP p.c.*Usage Source
200030,0003,002,5940.1 %US$ 410ITU
200140,0003,000,1640.5 %US$ 500ITU
2006161,0002,950,0605.5 %US$ 2,853ITU
2008172,8002,968,5865.8 %US$ 3,685ITU
2009191,0002,967,0046.4 %US$ 2,668ITU
20101,396,5502,966,80247.1 %US$ 2,506PSRC
20111,800,0003,060,92758.8 %US$ 3,200PSRC
20152,126,7163,056,87169.6 %US$ 4,020PSRC
20192,126,7162,936,70672.4 %US$ 4,020PSRC
20202,126,7162,963,24371.8 %US$ 4,212PSRC
Note: Per Capita GDP in US dollars, source: International Monetary Fund.

Artur Papyan

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