“Only 25.1% of Africans Use The Internet,” – New Report

Despite the expansion of telecoms and internet companies into Africa and as more affordable smartphones encourage consumers to browse the internet in the continent, a new United Nations report shows that only 25.1% of Africans use the internet.

According to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the UN agency that prepared the report, only one in 10 persons in several of Africa’s poorer and more fragile countries, is on the internet while those who are offline include females, elderly, less educated, as well as those who reside in the rural areas.

Unfortunately, Africa is nowhere near increasing its internet access because: “Internet penetration levels in Less Developed Countries (LDCs) today have reached the level enjoyed by developed countries in 1998, suggesting that the LDCs are lagging nearly 20 years behind the developed countries,” the report said.

The report blamed the cost of services and of extending infrastructure to rural and remote customers and the high price of mobile cellular use for this.
Meanwhile, globally, 47 percent of the world’s population is online, which is far off the UN target of 60 percent by 2020. Regarless, 3.9 billion people, more than half the world’s population, are still offline.
There is so much governmnets in Africa have to do to bring the offline population especially in the rural areas online. This due to the fact that: “In 2016, people no longer go online, they are online. The spread of 3G and 4G networks across the world had brought the internet to more and more people,” the report said. Africa shoudln’t be an exception

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