Jambo Africa Online’s Senior Editorial Correspondent, FRANCOIS FOUCHE, gives a synopsis of news from around the world that impacts on Africa’s economies.
In 2010, the average internet penetration rate in African countries was just 9.3%.
Countries such as Morocco, Seychelles and Tunisia were noticeable outliers with 52%, 41%, and 37% of the population classed as internet users, respectively.
Nevertheless, 35 countries had a rate of under 10%, while Niger, Ethiopia, DR Congo, Eritrea and Sierra Leone were all sitting under the 1% mark.
Analysis of World Bank data shows though, 2020 (or the latest available year) has already brought significant positive changes to the rates of a great number of countries on the continent.
The largest relative increase was observed in Ethiopia which went from a mere 0.8% to 25% – an increase of over 3,200%.
Similarly spectacular progress was made in other countries which had very low rates in 2010, such as Sierra Leone, Guinea and the DRC.
The progress is clear to see, but the potential that remains even more so.
While no country has a rate < 1% anymore, and just 7 are under 10%, the average rate is still just 31%.
Compared globally, South Asia’s overall rate is closest at 35% percent, but other global regions are much further ahead (for the time being).