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ITU statistics paint a stark picture of the information gap separating rich and poor.

  • In 2005, fewer than 4 out of every 100 Africans used the internet, compared with 1 out of every 2 people living in the G8 nations.
  • The G8 is home to less than 15% of the world’s population, yet it is home to 45% of the world's internet users.
  • At present (2004-2005) growth rates, nearly 25 % of people living in the developing world will be online by 2010.
  • An estimated 30% of all villages worldwide still have no access to telephone services.
  • 79% of Africa’s 27 million fixed phone lines are located in just 6 of its 54 nations Broadband penetration has reached 13% in high-income countries, it remains as low as 2% in middle-income countries and close to zero in low-income countries. An estimated 30 countries still rely on a single 10Mbps international internet connection (or less) to serve their entire population; in wealthy countries, consumers can now buy their own personal 10Mbps connection at very affordable prices.

Africa, ICT Indicators, 2006

Population
000s
 
Main tel. lines
000s
  
   p.100
Mobile subscribers
000s
 
p. 100
Internet users
 000s
 
p. 100
Algeria
33'354
2'841.3
 
 
 
8.52
20'998.0
 
 
62.95
2'460.0
 
 
7.38
Egypt
75'437
 
10'807.7
14.33
 
18'001.1
23.86
 
6'000.0
7.95
Libya
5'968
 
483.0
8.09 
 
3'927.6 
65.81
 
232.0
3.96
Morocco
30'735
 
1'266.1
4.12 
 
16'004.7
52.07
 
6'100.0
19.85
Tunisia
10'210
 
1'268.5
12.42
 
7'339.1
71.88
 
1’294.9
12.68
North Africa
155'704
 
16'666.60
10.70
 
66'270.50
42.56
 
16'086.9
10.34
South Africa
47'594
 
4'729.0
9.97 
 
39'662.0 
83.33
 
5'100.0
10.75
South Africa
47'594
 
4'729.00
9.97
 
39'662.0
83.33
 
5'100.00
10.75
Angola
15'802
 
98.2
0.62
 
2'264.2
14.33
 
85.0
0.55
Benin
8'703
 
77.3
0.89
 
1'056.0
12.13
 
700.0
8.04
Botswana
1'760
 
136.9
7.78
 
979.8
55.68
 
60.0
3.40
Burkina Faso
13'634
 
94.8
0.70
 
1'016.6
7.46
 
80.0
0.59
Burundi
7'834
 
31.1
0.41
 
153.0
2.03
 
60.0
0.77
Cameroon
16'601
 
100.3
0.61
 
2'252.5
13.80
 
370.0
2.23
Cape Verde
519
 
71.6
13.80
 
108.9
20.99
 
29.0
6.09
Central African Rep.
4'093
 
10.0
0.25
 
100.0
2.48
 
13.0
0.32
Chad
10'032
 
13.0
0.13
 
466.1
4.65
 
60.0
0.60
Comoros
819
 
16.9
2.12
 
16.1
2.01
 
21.0
2.56
Congo
4'117
 
15.9
0.40
 
490.0
12.25
 
70.0
1.70
Côte d'Ivoire
18'454
 
260.9
1.41
 
4'065.4
22.03
 
300.0
1.63
D.R. Congo
59'320
 
9.7
0.02
 
4'415.0
7.44
 
180.0
0.30
Djibouti
807
 
10.8
1.56
 
44.1
6.37
 
11.0
1.36
Equatorial Guinea
515
 
10.0
1.99
 
96.9
19.26
 
8.0
1.55
Eritrea
4'560
 
37.5
0.82
 
62.0
1.36
 
100.0
2.19
Ethiopia
79'289
 
725.1
0.91
 
866.70
1.09
 
164.0
0.21
Gabon
1'406
 
36.5
2.59
 
764.7
54.39
 
81.0
5.76
Gambia
1'556
 
52.9
3.40
 
404.3
25.99
 
58.0
3.82
Ghana
22'556
 
356.4
1.58
 
5'207.2
23.09
 
609.8
2.70
Guinea
9'603
 
26.3
0.33
 
189.0
2.36
 
50.0
0.52
Guinea-Bissau
1'634
 
10.2
0.76
 
95.0
7.10
 
37.0
2.26
Kenya
35'106
 
293.4
0.84
 
6'484.8
18.47
 
2'770.3
7.89
Lesotho
1'791
 
48.0
2.67
 
249.8
13.92
 
51.5
2.87
Liberia
3'356
 
6.9
0.21
 
160.0
4.87
 
...
...
Madagascar
19'105
 
129.8
0.68
 
1'045.9
5.47
 
110.0
0.58
Malawi
13'166
 
102.7
0.80
 
429.3
3.33
 
59.7
0.45
Mali
13'918
 
82.5
0.59
 
1'513.0
10.87
 
70.0
0.50
Mauritania
3'158
 
34.9
1.10
 
1'060.1
33.57
 
100.0
3.17
Mauritius
1'256
 
357.3
28.45
 
722.4
61.50
 
300
24.10
Mayotte
170
 
...
...
 
48.1
28.80
 
-
...
Mozambique
20'158
 
67.0
0.33
 
2'339.3
11.60
 
178.0
0.90
Namibia
2'052
 
138.9
6.84
 
495.0
24.37
 
80.6
3.97
Niger
14'426
 
24.0
0.17
 
323.9
2.32
 
40.0
0.28
Nigérias
134'375
 
1'688.0
1.26
 
32'322.2
24.05
 
8'000.0
5.95
Réunion
797
 
...
...
 
579.2
75.51
 
220.0
27.99
Rwanda
9'230
 
16.5
0.18
 
314.0
3.40
 
65.0
0.70
S. Tomé & Principe
160
 
7.6
4.74
 
18.0
11.51
 
29.0
18.11
Senegal
11'936
 
282.6
2.37
 
2'982.6
24.99
 
650.0
5.45
Seychelles
81
 
20.7
25.44
 
70.3
86.52
 
29.0
35.67
Sierra Leone
5'678
 
24.0
0.49
 
113.2
2.21
 
10.0
0.19
Somalia
8'496
 
100.0
1.22
 
500.0
6.08
 
94.0
1.11
Sudan
36'993
 
636.9
1.72
 
4'683.1
12.66
 
3'500.0
9.46
Swaziland
1'029
 
44.0
4.27
 
250.0
24.29
 
41.6
4.02
Tanzania
39'025
 
157.3
0.40
 
5'767.0
14.78
 
384.3
1.00
Togo
6'306
 
82.1
1.30
 
708.0
11.23
 
320.0
5.07
Uganda
29'856
 
108.1
0.36
 
2008.8
6.73
 
750.0
2.51
Zambia
11'861
 
94.7
0.81
 
949.6
8.14
 
334.8
2.87
Zimbabwe
13'085
 
331.7
2.54
 
832.5
6.36
 
1'220.0
9.32
Sub-Saharan
719'220
 
7'080.4
0.99
 
92'220.0
12.90
 
22'499.7
3.16
AFRICA
922'510
 
28'475.9
3.10
 
198'153.0
21.58
 
43'686.7
4.77

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