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Africa - Internet, Broadband and Digital Media Statistics (tables only)


Attention: There is an updated edition available for this report.

This report provides 126 statistical tables showing trends and developments in the telecommunications markets of the 38 most significant African countries in terms of telecommunications. Statistics are given up to 2008.


Growth in Africa’s Internet and Broadband sector has accelerated in recent years due to improvements in infrastructure, the arrival of wireless access technologies and lower tariffs. Broadband is rapidly replacing dial-up as the preferred access method, and this process is already virtually completed in the continent’s more developed markets.

  Most African countries now have commercial DSL services, but their growth is limited by the poor geographical reach of the fixed-line networks. The rapid growth of Internet access has therefore been mostly confined to the capital cities so far. The introduction of mobile data and 3G broadband services is changing this, with the mobile networks bringing Internet access to many areas outside of the main cities for the first time.

  Many fixed-line incumbents have reacted by rolling out fixed-wireless access networks. The technology of choice has been CDMA2000 which supports broadband data rates through its EV-DO standard. WiMAX technology, however, offers higher data rates and is quickly gaining ground in Africa with over 100 networks already in operation.

  International bandwidth is extremely expensive in Africa because access to international submarine fibre optic cables has been monopolised by national telcos in most countries, while others depend entirely on satellite bandwidth. This is expected to change dramatically with the arrival of several new international cables to the continent’s shores from 2009. To accommodate the growing data traffic, national fibre backbone networks are being rolled out at an increasing pace.

  Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year.

The following notes provide some background to our scenario forecasting methodology:

This report includes what we term scenario forecasts. By describing long-range scenarios we identify a band within which we expect market growth to occur. The associated text describes what we see as the most likely growth trend within this band. The projections shown in the tables in this report are based on our own historical information, as well as on telecommunication sector statistics from official and non-official, national and international sources. We assume a possible deviation of 15-20% around this data. All statistics for GDP, revenue, etc are shown in US$, in order to maintain consistency within and between markets. At the same time we acknowledge that this can introduce some irregularities.

1. National Comparative Tables
1.1 Internet
1.2 Broadband
2. Internet and Broadband Statistics
2.1 Algeria
2.1.1 Internet
2.1.2 Broadband
2.2 Angola
2.2.1 Internet
2.3 Benin
2.4 Botswana
2.4.1 Internet
2.4.2 Broadband
2.5 Burkina Faso
2.6 Cameroon
2.7 Chad
2.8 Cote d’Ivoire
2.9 Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
2.10 Egypt
2.10.1 Internet
2.10.2 Broadband
2.11 Ethiopia
2.12 Gabon
2.13 Gambia
2.14 Ghana
2.15 Guinea
2.16 Kenya
2.17 Lesotho
2.17.1 Internet
2.17.2 Broadband
2.18 Liberia
2.19 Libya
2.20 Madagascar
2.21 Malawi
2.22 Mali
2.23 Mauritius
2.23.1 Internet
2.23.2 Broadband
2.24 Morocco
2.24.1 Internet
2.24.2 Broadband
2.25 Mozambique
2.25.1 Internet
2.26 Namibia
2.27 Nigeria
2.28 Rwanda
2.29 Senegal
2.29.1 Internet
2.29.2 Broadband
2.30 Sierra Leone
2.31 South Africa
2.31.1 Internet
2.31.2 Broadband
2.31.3 Convergence
2.32 Sudan
2.33 Swaziland
2.34 Tanzania
2.35 Tunisia
2.35.1 Internet
2.35.2 Broadband
2.36 Uganda
2.37 Zambia
2.38 Zimbabwe
List of Tables
Table 1 - Internet users in Africa by country - 2004 - 2008
Table 2 - Internet user penetration in Africa by country - 2004 - 2008
Table 3 - Broadband subscribers in Africa by country - 2004 - 2008
Table 4 - Broadband subscriber penetration in Africa by country - 2004 - 2008
Table 5 - Algeria Internet key statistics - 2008
Table 6 - Algeria Internet users and penetration rate - 1997; 1999 - 2008
Table 7 - Algeria forecast Internet users - 2010; 2015
Table 8 - Djaweb DSL pricing - 2008
Table 9 - Angola Internet key statistics - 2007
Table 10 - Angola Internet users and penetration rate - 1997; 1999 - 2008
Table 11 - Angola forecast Internet users - 2010; 2015
Table 12 - Benin Internet key statistics - 2008
Table 13 - Benin Internet users and penetration rate - 1997; 1999 - 2008
Table 14 - Benin forecast Internet users - 2010; 2015
Table 15 - Benin broadband versus dial-up subscribers - 2001 - 2007
Table 20 - Burkina Faso Internet key statistics - 2008
Table 21 - Burkina Faso international Internet bandwidth - 2000 - 2007
Table 22 - Burkina Faso Internet users and penetration rate - 1997; 1999 - 2008
Table 28 - Côte d’Ivoire Internet key statistics - 2007
Table 29 - Côte d’Ivoire international Internet bandwidth - 1999 - 2007
Table 30 - Côte d’Ivoire Internet users, penetration and subscribers - 1996; 1998; 2000 - 2007
Table 31 - Cote d’Ivoire - ADSL subscribers - 2004 - 2007
Table 37 - Egypt forecast Internet users - 2010; 2015
Table 39 - Egypt forecast broadband subscribers - 2010; 2015
Table 47 - Gambia Internet key statistics - 2008
Table 48 - Gambia international Internet bandwidth - 2002 - 2007
Table 49 - Gambia Internet users and penetration rate - 1997; 1999 - 2008
Table 51 - Ghana Internet users and penetration rate - 1996; 1998; 2000 - 2008
Table 52 - Ghana forecast Internet users - 2010; 2015
Table 53 - Ghana forecast broadband subscribers - 2010; 2015
Table 54 - Guinea Internet users and penetration - 1999 - 2008
Table 60 - Liberia Internet users and penetration - 1999 - 2008
Table 63 - Madagascar Internet key statistics - June 2008
Table 64 - Madagascar Internet KPIs: operating and revenue data - 1998 - 2008
Table 65 - Madagascar forecast Internet users - 2010; 2015
Table 66 - Madagascar international Internet bandwidth - 2000 - 2007
Table 67 - Malawi Internet key statistics - 2008
Table 68 - Malawi Internet users and penetration rate - 1997; 1999 - 2008
Table 69 - Mali Internet users and penetration - 1999 - 2008
Table 70 - Mauritius Internet provider statistics - 2008
Table 71 - Mauritius Internet subscribers, users and penetration rate - 1999 - 2008
Table 72 - Mauritius international Internet bandwidth - 1999 - 2007
Table 73 - Mauritius Telecom dial-up and broadband subscribers - 2005 - 2007
Table 74 - Morocco Internet key statistics - 2008
Table 75 - Morocco Internet users and penetration rate - 1997; 1999 - 2008
Table 76 - Morocco international Internet bandwidth - 1999 - 2008
Table 77 - Morocco forecast Internet users - 2010; 2015
Table 78 - Morocco Internet subscribers by ISP and market share - 2008
Table 79 - Maroc Telecom Internet subscribers by access technology - 2003 - 2008
Table 80 - Morocco distribution of ADSL access by speed - 2008
Table 81 - Morocco Internet subscribers & MT ADSL subscribers - 2003 - 2008
Table 82 - Morocco 3G mobile broadband subscribers - 2008
Table 83 - Morocco forecast broadband subscribers - 2010; 2015
Table 84 - Mozambique Internet key statistics - 2008
Table 85 - Mozambique Internet users and penetration rate - 1996; 1998; 2000 - 2008
Table 88 - Nigeria Internet key statistics - 2008
Table 89 - Nigeria Internet users and penetration rate - 1996; 1998; 2000 - 2008
Table 90 - Nigeria forecast Internet users - 2010; 2015
Table 93 - Senegal Internet key statistics - 2008
Table 94 - Senegal international Internet bandwidth - 2002 - 2007
Table 95 - Senegal Internet users and penetration and subscribers - 1996; 1998 - 2008
Table 96 - Senegal forecast Internet users - 2010; 2015
Table 97 - Senegal ADSL subscribers - 2004 - 2008
Table 98 - Senegal forecast broadband subscribers - 2010; 2015
Table 99 - Sierra Leone Internet users and penetration rate - 1999 - 2008
Table 101 - South Africa Internet users and penetration rate - 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2008
Table 102 - Telkom SA wholesale Internet bandwidth and annual change - 2002 - 2007
Table 103 - South Africa broadband subscribers - 2004 - 2008
Table 104 - South Africa broadband subscribers by service provider - February 2008
Table 105 - Telkom ADSL subscribers - 2003 - 2008
Table 106 - Telkom ADSL wholesale services - 2007 - 2008
Table 107 - Sentech MyWireless subscribers - 2005 - 2008
Table 108 - WBS iBurst subscribers - 2005 - 2008
Table 109 - South Africa online and mobile banking customers of four major banks - June 2007
Table 110 - Sudan Internet key statistics - 2008
Table 111 - Sudan Internet users and penetration rate - 1997; 1999 - 2008
Table 114 - Tanzania Internet key statistics - 2008
Table 115 - Tanzania Internet users and penetration rate - 1996; 1998; 2000 - 2008
Table 116 - Tunisia Internet key statistics - September 2008
Table 117 - Tunisia Internet subscribers, users and penetration - 1999 - 2008
Table 118 - Tunisia PC penetration - 1999 - 2008
Table 119 - Tunisia ADSL subscribers versus total Internet subscribers - 2002 - 2008

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