Web Usage Climbs in Africa

Internet connectivity in Africa is growing at a faster pace than any other region worldwide according to information from AllAfrica Global Media.

Innovative technologies allow access in smaller cities and rural areas. Data from the CIA’s “World Factbook” counts 23.5 million Internet users throughout all African countries. Of just over 900 million African residents, about 2.5 percent are online, compared to the worldwide average of 16 percent. Since 2000, the number of Internet users in Africa has grown 400 percent.

The largest populations of Internet users exist in South Africa (3.6 million users); Egypt (5 million users); Morocco (3.5 million users) and Kenya (1.5 million users).

The number of regular Internet users may be larger than reported due to access through cyber cafés and other multi-person access points.

AllAfrica Global Media used data gathered by Internet World Stats and London-based consultancy Balancing Act. The World Factbook, published by the CIA, uses a multiple sources to gather its data.


African Internet Population by Country, April 2006
Country Population Internet Users ISPs
Algeria 32,930,091 845,000 749
Angola 12,127,071 172,000 2,502
Benin 7,862,944 100,000 814
Botswana 1,639,833 60,000 1,621
Burkina Faso 13,902,972 53,200 373
Burundi 8,090,068 25,000 155
Cameroon 17,340,702 167,000 34
Cape Verde 420,979 25,000 155
Central African Rep. 4,303,356 9,000 13
Chad 9,944,201 60,000 7
Comoros 690,948 8,000 6
Congo, Democratic Republic of the 62,660,551 50,000 188
Congo, Republic of the 3,702,314 36,000 46
Cote d’lvoire 17,654,843 300,000 2,015
Djibouti 486,530 9,000 506
Egypt 78,887,007 5 million 1,702
Equatorial Guinea 540,109 5,000 18
Etritea 4,786,994 50,000 1,047
Ethiopia 74,777,981 113,000 87
Gabon 1,424,906 40,000 310
Gambia, The 1,641,564 49,000 13
Ghana 22,409,572 368,000 384
Guinea 9,690,222 46,000 364
Guinea-Bissaau 1,442,029 26,000 5
Kenya 34,707,817 1.5 million 11,645
Lesotho 2,022,331 43,000 154
Liberia 3,042,004 1,000 5
Libya 5,900,754 205,000 47
Madagascar 18,595,469 90,000 805
Malawi 13,013,926 46,100 305
Mali 11,716,829 50,000 270
Mauritania 3,177,388 14,000 21
Mauritius 1,240,827 180,000 4,954
Morocco 33,241,259 3,500,000 2,538
Mozambique 19,686,505 138,000 7,228
Namibia 2,044,147 75,000 3,273
Niger 12,525,094 24,000 137
Nigeria 131,859,731 1,769,700 1,535
Reunion 787,584 200,000 29
Rwanda 8,648,248 38,000 1,588
Sao Tome & Principe 193,413 20,000 1,021
Senegal 11,987,121 482,000 569
Seychelles 81,541 20,000 525
Sierra Leone 6,005,250 2,005 277
Somolia 8,863,338 89,000 2
South Africa 44,187,637 3,600,000 460,572
Sudan 41,236,378 1,140,000 1
Swaziland 1,136,334 36,000 2,401
Tanzania 37,445,392 333,000 9,241
Togo 5,548,702 221,000 205
Tunisia 10,175,014 835,000 426
Uganda 28,195,754 200,000 2,496
Western Sahara 273,008 N/A N/A
Zambia 11,502,010 231,000 2,789
Zimbabwe 12,236,805 820,000 6,582
Source: “The World Factbook, 2006”

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