Four Critical African ICT facts and figures

africatechnologybusinessstoryAfrica may be regarded as a booming telecommunications market but it still lags behind the rest of the world.

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), which is a specialised agency of the United Nations that is responsible for issues that concern information and communication technologies (ICT), annually reveals facts and figures regarding the global uptake of ICT.

ITU officials have said the mobile revolution is moving closer to having almost as many mobile- cellular subscriptions as people on earth.

Africa is no different in this case, but as ITU statistics reveal, the continent lags behind the globe with respect to particularly the take up of broadband.

Below are four tables with fast facts and figures for mobile, internet, mobile broadband growth in specific areas around the globe.

The tables highlight how Africa has a long way to go.

Region Mobile-cellular penetration, 2013: calculated
per 100 inhabitants
Africa  63
Asia & Pacific  89
Arab States  105
Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)  170
Europe  126
The Americas  109
Region Internet users by region, 2013: calculated
per 100 inhabitants
Africa  16
Asia & Pacific  32
Arab States  38
Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)  52
Europe  75
The Americas  61
Region Households with internet access by region:
Calculated by %
Africa 7% 
Asia & Pacific  33%
Arab States  34%
Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)  46%
Europe   77%
The Americas  61%
Region Mobile broadband subscriptions by region, 2013:
Calculated in millions
Africa 93 million 
Asia & Pacific  895 million
Arab States 71 million
Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) 129 million
Europe 422 million
The Americas 460 million

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