Africa brings up the rear in web index
INTERNET| Sept. 14, 2012, 10:59 a.m.
African countries lag significantly in the new World Wide Web Foundation Global Web Index.
Designed and produced by the World Wide Web Foundation, the Web Index is the world’s first multi-dimensional measure of the Web’s growth, utility and impact on people and nations.
It covers 61 developed and developing countries, incorporating indicators that assess the political, economic and social impact of the Web, as well as indicators of Web connectivity and infrastructure.
Sweden was ranked best in the world at putting the Web to work, beating the US and UK for the top spot. However, the Web remains a largely untapped resource in much of the world, the study shows, with only 1 in 3 people using it globally and fewer than 1 in 6 in Africa.
Of the countries that appear at the bottom of the ranking, seven are in Africa and two are in the Asia-Pacific region. These include Nepal, Cameroon, Mali, Bangladesh, Namibia, Ethiopia, Benin, Burkina Faso and Zimbabwe.
The report said these low-ranking countries suffer from ‘a vicious cycle of poor infrastructure and high costs of access’. On average, the cost of broadband per region as a % of GDP per capita is 125.5% in Africa and only 1.7% in Europe and 4.9% in the Americas. In Africa, the percentage of population using the web is around 11.8%, while in the Americas it is 43.5% and in Europe, 67%.
In Africa, Tunisia was ranked the highest, and came in 30th place on the global list. South Africa ranks second regionally, followed by Egypt and Mauritius. Kenya ranked 5th in the region overall, but first in terms of the economic impact of the Web in the region.
MORE INTERNET NEWS
Mascom to launch online portal for BatswanaOn the 22nd of September, Mascom Wireless, one of Botswana’s leading cellular network providers, will be formally launching is ambitious project to date, the Tsena-Botswana online portal. Read More
Facebook CEO visits NigeriaFacebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is in Nigeria to learn how Facebook can better support tech development and entrepreneurship across Africa. Read More
Internet Society points to reasons for slow internet growth in AfricaInternet access and availability are not enough to get people online, says a new Internet Society study released at the African Peering and Interconnection Forum (AfPIF) taking place in Tanzania. Read More
SEACOM launches direct-to-corporate services in KenyaPan-African telecoms enabler SEACOM has extended its corporate market offering, under its SEACOM Business initiative, to the East African region by providing Internet connectivity and cloud services directly to corporates in Kenya. Read More
Jumia unveils online payment platform, Jumia PayLeading pan African e-commerce firm Jumia has announced the launch of Jumia Pay, a third-party online payment solution aimed at providing a safer, faster and more convenient online payment experience. Read More
Saicom Voice Services clinches VoIP, Cloud PBX partnership with SEACOMSaicom Voice Services has entered into a strategic partnership with SEACOM to allow SEACOM to provide Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and Cloud PBX services over a white-label platform to corporate and SME customers. Read More
BoFiNet expects annual global IP traffic to surgeThe Botswana Fibre Networks Limited (BoFiNet), which a Government owned wholesale internet provider, says annual global IP traffic will pass the zettabyte (ZB) in the next four years. Read More
Protect local e-Sports before it’s game overThe growing popularity and resulting profitability of e-Sports has made it a prime target for volumetric Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks Read More
Afriwave goes live on monitoringAfriwave Telecom, Ghana’s licensed interconnect clearing house (ICH) service provider, has begun monitoring the volume of international incoming telecommunications traffic, local interconnect traffic and NCA revenue verification. Read More
FEATURED STORYFinancial services sees AI as both opportunity and threat
Banking is already a key area where technology is having an impact throughout Africa, and a new survey assesses the impact artificial intelligence will have on this sector.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHAccess and Use of ICT stats released
Statistics Botswana has released the first results of the 2014 Information and Communication Technology Household Survey.
COMPANY NEWSTigo customers win cash prizes from ‘Wo suro aaa wondi’ promotion
Tens of Tigo customers have won various cash prizes and branded gift items as part of the telecom operator’s biggest consumer promotion for 2016.