Sunday, January 17

UN: Sub-Saharan Africa has world’s lowest internet access penetration

Sub-Saharan Africa has a lot to worry about considering a recent report released by the United Nation Broadband Commission. According to the report, four billion people globally, especially those living in developing continents like Africa lack internet access. This not only paints a gloomy picture, but indicates that broadband penetration is growing at a very slow pace.

The report, which was released ahead of the forthcoming SDG Summit in New York and the parallel meeting of the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development holding on Saturday, revealed that 57% of the world’s population don’t have internet access and are unable to benefit from the enormous economic and social benefits the Internet has in stock.

While countries like Nigeria, Egypt and South Africa seemed to have improved in terms of internet access over the years; several others especially in sub-Saharan Africa still have a long way to go. A country such as Guinea has 1.7% internet access, Somalia 1.6%, Burundi 1.4%, Timor Leste 1.1% and Eritrea 1.0%.

However, there is a glimmer of hope in the report as the new figures confirmed that 3.2 billion people are now connected, up from 2.9 billion last year and equating to 43% of the global population.

While access to the internet is approaching saturation levels in the developed world, only to 35% of people in developing countries have access to the internet.



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