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
Econet launches digital learning platformEconet Wireless Zimbabwe has launched a digital learning platform called Ruzivo, a revolutionary online interactive digital learning platform targeted at both primary and secondary students. Read More
16m Nigerians use Facebook monthlyFacebook reports that 16 million people in Nigeria now visit Facebook every month - all of them on mobile. Read More
Busy 4G LTE ready to get Ghana busyCustomers experience on 4G LTE will never be the same following the successful launch of Busy Internet 4G services in Accra. Read More
A4AI predicts smartphone affordability to drive demand for cheaper dataThe Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) has predicted that the availability of lower cost smartphones in developing countries is expected to put pressure on network service providers to reduce cost on data to ensure that competition works for users. Read More
Microsoft Philanthropies commits $1bn in cloud computing resources for the public goodMicrosoft Corp. CEO Satya Nadella has announced a new three-part initiative to ensure that Microsoft’s cloud computing resources serve the public good. Read More
SEACOM, Ciena drive web-scale services across AfricaLocal Internet Service Providers are set to benefit from increased reach and enhanced capacity thanks to a partnership between SEACOM and network provider Ciena. Read More
Busy Internet to roll out 4G LTE services in GhanaBusy Internet will be rolling out its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) services in Ghana soon. Read More
SEACOM extends support for innovation and incubation hubs in East AfricaSEACOM has extended its support of Uganda’s technology incubation hubs by providing high speed internet (20mbps) connectivity to Hive Colab and Outbox. Read More
Sea change for ICANN by SeptemberThe Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), is set to change shape later this year, says Dr. Jeff Ramsay, Botswana’s Chief government spokesperson. Read More
FEATURED STORYViber Spreads Good Vibes in Africa with the introduction of public chats
Viber, one of the leading messaging and calling apps with more than 664 million unique users worldwide, has opened its latest social channel ‘Public Chats’ to partners in Africa and the Middle East.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHPoised for greater heights – Roshi Motman, AfricaCom CEO of the Year Winner
Roshi Motman is not your average CEO. Since taking up the reins as the first female CEO of Tigo Ghana in 2014, she has led the Tigo brand through a remarkable transformation.
COMPANY NEWSArbor Networks maintains leadership in IHS Infonetics Report on DDoS prevention appliances
Arbor Networks was identified once again as the top supplier of DDoS mitigation appliances overall, as well as in the Carrier, Enterprise and Mobile market segments, according ...