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Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Access to Information In Turkmenistan Is The Most Expensive

Posted by Info on 09/02/2011

The most expensive Internet in the world is in Turkmenistan.

The cost of using unlimited internet access at $2048 kbps reaches $6821.05 per month
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The cheapest internet access costs $43.12 per month where the user is limited by 2 GB at 64 kbps. For comparison, the average cost of high speed unlimited internet in Russia is about $20 per month.

The vast majority of Turkmen internet users prefer home-based limited internet access . BUT, it is nearly impossible to use internet during the day time: only in the nighttime it is more or less possible to have acceptable speed and send/receive emails and visit authorized websites.

People still prefer to visit internet café. For instance, the average cost of one hour internet access in the internet cafes of Ashgabat reaches 3 manats (little over $1). The significant number of the visitors is foreigners. Prior to granting the computer access his passport data is copied to special journal, indicating the time and duration of visit to internet café. The first internet cafes in Turkmenistan were launched in February of 2007.

The Turkmen website notes that foreigners are allowed to visit more websites than local dwellers. Turkmen citizens still cannot access websites, publishing critical articles about Turkmenistan, as well as Facebook and Twitter.

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