Sad statistics of Armenia's internet penetration

According to the latest data on the Armenian Statistical Service website, the population of Armenia is estimated at 3,230,300 people, although the CIA World Factbook states 2,968,586 (July 2008 est.), and the dramatic difference of 261,714 people is huge for a small country like Armenia. At any rate, considering the Armenian Statistical Service to be more up to date, I just came accross this interesting table about internet penitration in Armenia.

YEAR

Users

Population

% Pen.

GDP p.c.*

Usage Source

2000

30,000

3,002,594

0.1 %

US$ 410

ITU

2001

40,000

3,000,164

0.5 %

US$ 500

ITU

2006

161,000

2,950,060

5.5 %

US$ 1,060

ITU

2007

172,800

2,950,060

5.9 %

US$ 1,060

ITU

Naturally, if the population of Armenia is 3,230,300, and not 2,950,060, the percentage of internet penitration would make 5.3 % (not 5.9%). This is a rather sad statistics for a country, which declares IT sector as a priority. For comparison, internet penetration in Azerbaijan is 12.3%, in Georgia – 7.1%, Turkey – 22.5%, Iran – 27.5%. The proud “Silicon Valley” of USSR, that Armenia once boasted to be, is seriously lagging behind, even in the larger world scale, as can be seen from the data by Internet World Stats :World total population = 6,676,12,288, Internet total population = 1,407,724,920. Conclusion – 21.1% of global population is ONLINE!

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