Guest Post: NordVPN Discusses The Fact That Telegram Downloads Increase & VPN Usage Triples in Russia

On April 16, Roskomnadzor, the government agency in Russia, started blocking Telegram – it said was the company failed to comply with the Russian requirement to share users’ encrypted communication data.

However, those whose Telegram is blocked have no problem overcoming the restrictions – they just need to download a VPN.

“We are having a lot of first-time users from Russia,” said Marty P. Kamden, CMO of NordVPN. “Since the upcoming Telegram ban was announced, NordVPN has already had a 300% increase of Russian users. People simply need to connect to a VPN server to reach any IP address where they can download Telegram. Many Russians are becoming more technically savvy because of the Telegram block and will now be able to use VPN to unblock other sites blocked in Russia.”

As a response, Roskomnadzor started blocking multiple IP addresses that use the same IP address clusters as Telegram, affecting various businesses and disrupting the Internet in Russia – such as Viber, supermarket chains, taxi service Gett and others.

“The Russian government is failing in their task to block the app,” said Marty P. Kamden. “Telegram has only become more popular in Russia with many moredownloads compared to the week before, and the government has shown its complete lack of understanding of how the technology works.”

 

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