Turkmenistan is in the top ten countries in terms of internet shutdowns. In 2022, they amounted to 40 hours and cost the country's budget $29 million. This is reported in the annual report of the Top10VPN portal.
The paper analyzes all of the major deliberate internet outages in the past year. They cost the global economy, which has already experienced a series of shocks, $ 24 billion.
The authors of the document note that they track every national and regional internet outage and social media outage imposed by governments around the world to determine the duration and extent of the restrictions. This allows you to accurately calculate the economic impact of each outage.
The report noted that "Information about the internet shutdown in Turkmenistan in April is scarce, however, it happened shortly after the inauguration of the country's new president ( Serdar Berdimuhamedov ), amid international criticism of the lack of freedom and fairness of the elections that allowed him to succeed his father ( Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov ) to presidency."
Human rights groups describe Turkmenistan as a repressive regime that "strictly controls the flow of information," the authors of the document add.
In the first place of the anti-rating is Russia, which lost $22 billion due to the Internet shutdown. Iran follows. Third place was also taken by the Central Asian country - Kazakhstan, whose authorities lost $410 million. It is followed by Myanmar and another neighbor of Turkmenistan in the region - Uzbekistan, which lost $220 million.
Next in the top ten are India, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Cuba and Turkmenistan closes the top 10.
Source: Chronicles of Turkmenistan