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

This report provides 147 statistical tables for the Internet and broadband activities for the major 38 African countries. Digital media tables are provided in the rare cases when they are available. Full details are given elsewhere in the annual reports listed at the end of the Contents section.


Large parts of Africa gained access to international fibre bandwidth for the first time via submarine cables in 2009 and 2010. In other parts of the continent, additional fibre systems have brought competition to a previously monopolised market. This has led to massive investments into terrestrial fibre backbone infrastructure to take the new bandwidth to population centres in the interior and across borders into landlocked countries.

Africa’s Internet and broadband sector is set to benefit the most from these developments. Wholesale prices for Internet bandwidth have come down by as much as 90% from previous levels based on satellite access, and the cost savings are slowly being passed on to the retail level as well. Broadband is rapidly replacing dial-up as the preferred access method, and this process is already virtually completed in the continents 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. Improvements in Internet access have therefore been mostly confined to the capital cities so far. However, the rapid spread of mobile data and third-generation (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 to expand their geographical reach. The technology of choice has been CDMA-2000 which supports broadband data rates with an upgrade to EV-DO standard. WiMAX technology, however, offers higher data rates and is quickly gaining ground in Africa with well over 100 networks already in operation.

1. Country comparisons
2. Individual country statistics
2.1 ALGERIA
2.1.1 Internet users
2.1.2 Broadband pricing
2.2 ANGOLA
2.2.1 Subscribers
2.2.2 Broadband pricing
2.3 BENIN
2.3.1 Internet users
2.4 BOTSWANA
2.4.1 Internet users
2.4.2 Broadband pricing
2.5 BURKINA FASO
2.5.1 Internet users
2.5.2 Company statistics
2.6 CAMEROON
2.7 CHAD
2.7.1 Internet users
2.7.2 Infrastructure
2.8 Côte d’Ivoire
2.8.1 Internet users
2.8.2 Broadband pricing
2.9 Democratic Republic of Congo
2.9.1 Internet users
2.9.2 Company statistics
2.10 EGYPT
2.10.1 Internet users
2.10.2 Broadband subscribers
2.11 Ethiopia
2.12 Gabon
2.12.1 Internet users
2.13 Gambia
2.13.1 Internet users
2.13.2 Infrastructure
2.14 Ghana
2.15 Guinea
2.16 Kenya
2.17 Lesotho
2.17.1 Internet users
2.17.2 Broadband pricing
2.18 Liberia
2.19 Libya
2.20 Madagascar
2.20.1 Internet users and subscribers
2.20.2 Internet indicators and broadband pricing
2.21 Malawi
2.21.1 Broadband pricing
2.22 Mali
2.22.1 Internet users
2.23 Mauritius
2.23.1 Internet users and subscribers
2.23.2 Infrastructure
2.23.3 Broadband pricing
2.24 Morocco
2.24.1 Internet users and subscribers
2.24.2 Infrastructure
2.25 Mozambique
2.25.1 Internet users
2.25.2 Broadband pricing
2.26 Namibia
2.26.1 Internet users
2.27 Nigeria
2.27.1 Internet users
2.28 Rwanda
2.28.1 Internet users
2.29 Senegal
2.29.1 Infrastructure
2.29.2 Broadband
2.30 Sierra Leone
2.30.1 Internet users
2.30.2 Internet pricing
2.31 South Africa
2.31.1 Internet users and broadband subscribers
2.31.2 Company subscribers
2.31.3 On-line advertising
2.32 Sudan
2.32.1 Internet users
2.32.2 Broadband pricing
2.33 Swaziland
2.33.1 Internet users
2.33.2 Internet pricing
2.34 Tanzania
2.34.1 Internet users
2.34.2 Broadband pricing
2.35 Tunisia
2.35.1 Infrastructure
2.35.2 Internet users and subscribers
2.36 Uganda
2.36.1 Internet users
2.36.2 Infrastructure
2.37 Zambia
2.37.1 Internet users
2.37.2 Broadband pricing
2.38 Zimbabwe
2.38.1 Internet users
2.38.2 Broadband pricing
List of Tables
Table 1 - Africa - Internet users by country - 2005 - 2010
Table 2 - Africa - Internet user penetration by country - 2005 - 2010
Table 3 - Africa - broadband subscribers Africa by country - 2005 - 2008
Table 4 - Africa - broadband subscriber penetration by country - 2005 - 2008
Table 5 - Algeria - key Internet statistics - 2010
Table 6 - Algeria - Internet users and penetration - 1997 - 2010
Table 7 - Algeria - forecast Internet users - 2010; 2015
Table 8 - Algeria - Djaweb DSL pricing - 2009
Table 9 - Angola - key Internet statistics - 2010
Table 10 - Angola - Internet users and penetration rate - 1997 - 2010
Table 11 - Angola - Angola Telecom ADSL monthly pricing by speed - 2009
Table 12 - Angola - MoviNet EV-DO broadband pricing - 2009
Table 13 - Angola - TV Cabo cable broadband pricing - 2009
Table 14 - Benin - key Internet statistics - 2010
Table 15 - Benin - Internet users and penetration rate - 1997 - 2010
Table 16 - Benin - broadband versus dial-up subscribers - 2001 - 2008
Table 17 - Botswana - key Internet statistics - 2010
Table 18 - Botswana - Internet users and penetration rate - 1998 - 2010
Table 19 - Botswana - ADSL pricing examples - 2009
Table 20 - Botswana - Orange Livebox WiMAX pricing - 2009
Table 21 - Burkina Faso - key Internet statistics - 2010
Table 22 - Burkina Faso - Internet users and penetration rate - 1997 - 2010
Table 23 - Burkina Faso - FasoNet (Onatel) Internet subscribers - 2006 - 2009
Table 24 - Burkina Faso - FasoNet (Onatel) ADSL pricing - November 2009
Table 25 - Cameroon - key Internet statistics - 2010
Table 26 - Cameroon - Internet users and penetration rate - 1997 - 2011
Table 27 - Chad - key Internet statistics - 2010
Table 28 - Chad - Internet users and penetration rate - 1998 - 2010
Table 29 - Chad - international Internet bandwidth in Mb/s - 1999 - 2008
Table 30 - Côte d’Ivoire - Internet user statistics - 2010
Table 31 - Côte d’Ivoire - Internet users, subscribers and user penetration - 1996 - 2010
Table 32 - Côte d’Ivoire - DreamNet WiMAX pricing by speed - 2009
Table 33 - Dem. Rep. of Congo - key Internet statistics - 2010
Table 34 - Dem. Rep. of Congo - Internet users and penetration rate - 1996 - 2011
Table 35 - Dem. Rep. of Congo - Vodanet pricing - shared bandwidth - 2009
Table 36 - Egypt - key Internet and broadband statistics - 2010
Table 37 - Egypt - Internet users and penetration rate - 1995 - 2010
Table 38 - Egypt - forecast Internet users - 2012; 2015
Table 39 - Egypt - DSL subscribers in Egypt, total vs. TE - 2002 - 2009
Table 40 - Egypt - forecast - broadband subscribers - 2012; 2015
Table 41 - Ethiopia - key Internet statistics - 2010
Table 42 - Ethiopia - Internet users, user penetration and subscribers - 1996 - 2011
Table 43 - Ethiopia - forecast Internet users - 2012; 2015
Table 44 - Gabon - key Internet statistics - 2010
Table 45 - Gabon - Internet users and penetration rate - 2002 - 2011
Table 46 - Gabon - Gabon Telecom Internet subscribers - 2007 - 2009
Table 47 - Gambia - key Internet statistics - 2010
Table 48 - Gambia - Internet users and penetration rate - 1997 - 2010
Table 49 - Gambia - International Internet bandwidth - 2002 - 2008
Table 50 - Ghana - key Internet statistics - 2010
Table 51 - Ghana - Internet users and penetration rate - 1996 - 2010
Table 52 - Guinea - key Internet statistics - 2010
Table 53 - Guinea - Internet users and penetration rate - 1999 - 2010
Table 54 - Kenya - Internet user statistics - 2010
Table 55 - Kenya - Internet users and penetration rate - 1996 - 2011
Table 56 - Lesotho - key Internet statistics - March 2010
Table 57 - Lesotho - Internet users and penetration rate - 1997 - 2010
Table 58 - Lesotho - Telecom Lesotho ADSL pricing - 2009
Table 59 - Liberia - key Internet statistics - 2010
Table 60 - Liberia - Internet users and penetration rate - 1999 - 2010
Table 61 - Liberia - icom.net wireless Internet pricing - January 2010
Table 62 - Liberia - WAT wireless Internet pricing - January 2010
Table 63 - Libya - key Internet statistics - 2010
Table 64 - Libya - Internet users and penetration rate - 1999 - 2010
Table 65 - Madagascar - key Internet statistics - 2010
Table 66 - Madagascar - Internet KPIs: users, penetration rate and subscribers - 1998 - 2008
Table 67 - Madagascar - Internet KPIs: int. Internet bandwidth, traffic and revenue - 2000 - 2008
Table 68 - Madagascar - Blueline WideCom WiMAX pricing - 2009
Table 69 - Malawi - key Internet statistics - 2010
Table 70 - Malawi - Internet users and penetration rate - 1997 - 2010
Table 71 - Malawi - Globemax WiMAX pricing - October 2009
Table 72 - Mali - key Internet statistics - 2010
Table 73 - Mali - Internet users and penetration rate - 1999 - 2010
Table 74 - Mauritius - key Internet statistics - 2010
Table 75 - Mauritius - Internet subscribers, users and user penetration - 1999 - 2010
Table 76 - Mauritius - MT ADSL versus dial-up subscribers - 2005 - 2008
Table 77 - Mauritius - International Internet bandwidth - 1999 - 2008
Table 78 - Mauritius - Orange ADSL Home pricing - November 2009
Table 79 - Mauritius - Orange ADSL Pro and Business pricing - November 2009
Table 80 - Mauritius - Nomad WiMAX pricing - March and November 2009
Table 81 - Mauritius - My.T triple play pricing - 2008 - 2009
Table 82 - Morocco - key Internet statistics - 2010
Table 83 - Morocco - Internet users and penetration rate - 1997 - 2010
Table 84 - Morocco - Internet subscribers, ADSL subscribers (MT and total) - 2003 - 2009
Table 85 - Morocco - Internet subscribers by ISP and market share - December 2009
Table 86 - Morocco - Maroc Telecom Internet subscribers by access technology - 2003 - 2009
Table 87 - Morocco - 3G mobile broadband subscribers by operator and market share - December 2009
Table 88 - Morocco - forecast Internet users - 2012; 2015
Table 89 - Morocco - forecast broadband subscribers - 2012; 2015
Table 90 - Morocco - international Internet bandwidth - 1999 - 2008
Table 91 - Morocco - distribution of ADSL access by speed - December 2009
Table 92 - Mozambique - key Internet statistics - 2010
Table 93 - Mozambique - Internet users and penetration rate - 1996 - 2010
Table 94 - Mozambique - TDM ADSL pricing - November 2009
Table 95 - Mozambique - NetCabo cable broadband pricing - November 2009
Table 96 - Mozambique - TDM EV-DO broadband pricing - November 2009
Table 97 - Mozambique - Teledata WiMAX pricing - November 2009
Table 98 - Mozambique - Intra WiMAX pricing - November 2009
Table 99 - Namibia - key Internet statistics - 2010
Table 100 - Namibia - Internet users and penetration rate - 1996 - 2010
Table 101 - Nigeria - key Internet statistics - 2010
Table 102 - Nigeria - Internet users and penetration rate - 1996 - 2011
Table 103 - Rwanda - key Internet statistics - 2010
Table 104 - Rwanda - Internet users and penetration rate - 1999 - 2010
Table 105 - Senegal - key Internet statistics - 2009
Table 106 - Senegal - Internet users and penetration and subscribers - 1996 - 2010
Table 107 - Senegal - international Internet bandwidth - 2002 - 2008
Table 108 - Senegal - ADSL subscribers - 2004 - 2009
Table 109 - Senegal - Sonatel/Orange ADSL pricing - 2009
Table 110 - Sierra Leone - key Internet user statistics - 2009
Table 111 - Sierra Leone - Internet users and penetration rate - 1999 - 2010
Table 112 - Sierra Leone - icom.net wireless Internet pricing - January 2010
Table 113 - Table 114 - South Africa - key Internet and broadband statistics - 2010
Table 115 - South Africa - Internet users and penetration rate - 1995 - 2010
Table 116 - South Africa - broadband subscribers - 2004 - 2010
Table 117 - South Africa - broadband subscribers by service provider - March 2008
Table 118 - South Africa - Telkom ADSL subscribers - 2003 - 2009
Table 119 - South Africa - Sentech MyWireless subscribers - 2005 - 2008
Table 120 - South Africa - iBurst subscribers - 2005 - 2008
Table 121 - South Africa - Online advertising revenue - 2003; 2006 - 2009
Table 122 - Sudan - key Internet statistics - 2010
Table 123 - Sudan - Internet users and penetration rate - 1997 - 2010
Table 124 - Sudan - Sudani mDSL pricing - November 2009
Table 125 - Swaziland - key Internet statistics - 2009
Table 126 - Swaziland - Internet users and penetration rate - 1996 - 2010
Table 127 - Swaziland - Swazi.net Internet pricing - 2009
Table 128 - Tanzania - key Internet statistics - 2010
Table 129 - Tanzania - Internet users and penetration rate - 1996 - 2010
Table 130 - Tanzania - TTCL ADSL pricing - 2009
Table 131 - Tanzania - Raha.com ADSL pricing - 2009
Table 132 - Tanzania - Zantel ZConnect EV-DO postpaid mobile data pricing - 2009
Table 133 - Tunisia - key Internet statistics - 2010
Table 134 - Tunisia - PC penetration, population versus households - 1999 - 2009
Table 135 - Tunisia - data service subscribers by technology - 2001 - 2009
Table 136 - Tunisia - Internet subscribers, users and user penetration - 1999 - 2010
Table 137 - Tunisia - ADSL subscribers versus total Internet subscribers - 2002 - 2009
Table 138 - Uganda - key Internet statistics - 2010
Table 139 - Uganda - Internet users and penetration rate - 1995 - 2010
Table 140 - Uganda - international Internet downlink bandwidth - 1999 - 2008
Table 141 - Zambia - key Internet statistics - 2010
Table 142 - Zambia - Internet users and penetration rate - 1995 - 2010
Table 143 - Zambia - Zamtel DSL pricing - 2009
Table 144 - Zimbabwe - Internet user statistics - 2010
Table 145 - Zimbabwe - Internet users and penetration rate - 1996 - 2010
Table 146 - Zimbabwe - DataOne leased-line tariffs - March 2009

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