For the last 48 hours, the population of Armenia has twice been cut off the internet, REGNUM correspondent reported from Yerevan on the telephone. On August 4 and 5, the reason of the breakdowns in the work of Armenian internet providers became cable failures on the territory of Georgia.
According to the national ArmenTel Company information holding exclusive rights on maintaining international telecommunications in Armenia, the current situation is caused by cable failure in the Kutaisi region, which resulted in the absence of internet connection in Armenia for 6 hours. Today, on August 5, cable was also broken on the Black Sea seabed. No information on when the damage would be fixed is available so far.
The government of Armenia regards information technologies development the main priority of the country’s national economy. Meanwhile, the republic remains in an utterly vulnerable position since the internet connection is established through the only cable connecting Armenia via Georgia on the Black Sea seabed to Ukraine. In the south of Armenia the cable is connected to Iranian communication network. The current internet connection breakdown is the third large-scale cable failure that happened lately in Georgia.