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Internet Penetration across the African continent (2017)

Internet Penetration is a metric that refers to the percentage of the population that has access to and uses the internet. In this post we focus on the internet penetration of countries in Africa, however, below is a brief overview of the internet penetration and growth across the globe.

 

WORLD INTERNET USAGE AND POPULATION STATISTICS

MARCH 2017 – UPDATE


Credit: internetworldstats.com

World Regions Population
( 2017 Est.)
Population
% of World
Internet Users
31 Mar 2017
Penetration
Rate (% Pop.)
Growth
2000-2017
Users %
Table
Africa 1,246,504,865 16.6 % 345,676,501 27.7 % 7,557.2% 9.3 %
Asia 4,148,177,672 55.2 % 1,873,856,654 45.2 % 1,539.4% 50.2 %
Europe 822,710,362 10.9 % 636,971,824 77.4 % 506.1% 17.1 %
Latin America / Caribbean 647,604,645 8.6 % 385,919,382 59.6 % 2,035.8% 10.3 %
Middle East 250,327,574 3.3 % 141,931,765 56.7 % 4,220.9% 3.8 %
North America 363,224,006 4.8 % 320,068,243 88.1 % 196.1% 8.6 %
Oceania / Australia 40,479,846 0.5 % 27,549,054 68.1 % 261.5% 0.7 %
WORLD TOTAL 7,519,028,970 100.0 % 3,731,973,423 49.6 % 933.8% 100.0 %

 

It is interesting to note here that although Africa and the Middle East recorded the lowest internet penetration, they both have the highest growth rates at 7,557.2% and 4,220.9% respectively.

 

The data above shows that the greatest internet penetration is in North Africa with Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Cabo Verde, Zimbabwe and Gabon completing the list. The lowest internet penetration rates are found in countries in the middle of the continent, namely: Chad, Niger, Congo D.R and Central African Republic.

 

The table below shows the exact internet penetration percentages depicted in the map above.

AFRICA 2017 POPULATION AND INTERNET USERS STATISTICS FOR 2017
AFRICA Population Internet Users Internet Users Penetration
(2017 Est.) 31-Dec-00 31-Mar-17 (% Population)
Algeria 41,063,753 50,000 15,105,000 36.80%
Angola 26,655,513 30,000 5,951,453 22.30%
Benin 11,458,611 15,000 1,232,940 10.80%
Botswana 2,343,981 15,000 690,000 29.40%
Burkina Faso 19,173,322 10,000 2,156,498 11.20%
Burundi 11,936,481 3,000 526,372 4.40%
Cabo Verde 533,468 8,000 235,183 44.10%
Cameroon 24,513,689 20,000 4,909,178 20.00%
Central African Rep. 5,098,826 1,500 246,432 4.80%
Chad 14,965,482 1,000 387,063 2.60%
Comoros 825,920 1,500 60,000 7.30%
Congo 4,866,243 500 400,000 8.20%
Congo, Dem. Rep. 82,242,685 500 3,101,210 3.80%
Cote d’Ivoire 23,815,886 40,000 5,230,000 22.00%
Djibouti 911,382 1,400 150,000 16.50%
Egypt 95,215,102 450,000 34,800,000 36.50%
Equatorial Guinea 894,464 500 181,657 20.30%
Eritrea 5,481,906 5,000 71,000 1.30%
Ethiopia 104,344,901 10,000 11,538,000 11.10%
Gabon 1,801,232 15,000 670,197 37.20%
Gambia 2,120,418 4,000 373,865 17.60%
Ghana 28,656,723 30,000 7,958,675 27.80%
Guinea 13,290,659 8,000 950,000 7.10%
Guinea-Bissau 1,932,871 1,500 84,000 4.30%
Kenya 48,466,928 200,000 37,718,650 77.80%
Lesotho 2,185,159 4,000 444,376 20.30%
Liberia 4,730,437 500 395,063 8.40%
Libya 6,408,742 10,000 2,800,000 43.70%
Madagascar 25,612,972 30,000 1,300,000 5.10%
Malawi 18,298,679 15,000 1,670,839 9.10%
Mali 18,689,966 18,800 2,212,450 11.80%
Mauritania 4,266,448 5,000 714,132 16.70%
Mauritius 1,281,353 87,000 803,896 62.70%
Mayotte (FR) 253,068 n/a 107,940 42.70%
Morocco 35,241,418 100,000 20,207,154 57.30%
Mozambique 29,537,914 30,000 1,834,337 6.20%
Namibia 2,568,569 30,000 520,000 20.20%
Niger 21,563,607 5,000 439,164 2.00%
Nigeria 191,835,936 200,000 93,591,174 48.80%
Reunion (FR) 873,356 130,000 390,000 44.70%
Rwanda 12,159,586 5,000 3,724,678 30.60%
Saint Helena (UK) 3,970 n/a 2,000 50.40%
Sao Tome & Principe 198,481 6,500 49,686 25.00%
Senegal 16,054,275 40,000 3,647,939 22.70%
Seychelles 97,539 6,000 56,168 57.60%
Sierra Leone 6,732,899 5,000 310,000 4.60%
Somalia 11,391,962 200 660,000 5.80%
South Africa 55,436,360 2,400,000 28,580,290 51.60%
South Sudan 13,096,190 n/a 2,179,963 16.60%
Sudan 42,166,323 30,000 10,886,813 25.80%
Swaziland 1,320,356 10,000 436,051 33.00%
Tanzania 56,877,529 115,000 3,700,000 6.50%
Togo 7,691,915 100,000 545,020 7.10%
Tunisia 11,494,760 100,000 5,800,000 50.50%
Uganda 41,652,938 40,000 13,023,114 31.30%
Western Sahara 596,021 n/a 27,000 4.50%
Zambia 17,237,931 20,000 3,167,934 18.40%
Zimbabwe 16,337,760 50,000 6,721,947 41.10%

Credit: internetworldstats.com