Use of the Internet is Growing in Africa
Feb 18 1998:
Internet connectivity levels within Africa have improved significantly in
the last couple of years. A recent report by Mike Jensen (January 1998)
indicates that the capital cities in 42 of the 54 nations on the continent
currently have live public access Internet services, and 8 countries
(including Zimbabwe) have local dial-up access throughout the whole
The total number of Internet users in Africa is estimated at between
800.000 and 1 million, 700,000 of which are in South Africa. Zimbabwe has
the third highest number of Internet users (10,000) in Africa and the 5th
highest number of Internet users per capita.
However, despite recent progress, Africa remains far behind the developed
world in terms of Internet connectivity and usage. For example, it is
estimated that 1 in 6 people use the Internet in North America and Europe
whereas the comparable figure for Africa, excluding South Africa, is 1
Internet user for every 5,000 people (the figure for Zimbabwe is 1 in
1,100). Even South Africa, with an Internet utilisation rate of 1 in 65,
is below the world average of one in forty five.
This information was provided by Tom Butterly, Director of Information
Management Consultants in Zimbabwe.
For more of this report, please see the following Constraints to the
Development of the "Wired' Economy in Africa.
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