From the Eacebook Press Room, here is the news about the FB project for expanding the Internet in Africa: News
According to figures released by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the number of internet users on Nigeria’s telecoms networks has hit 97.21 million in September, 2015. Click the link for more information about Nigeria ICT data.
With Kenya update, Internet penetration in Africa has reached 28.6%, with 330,965,359 estimated users currently. View the Africa regional page, where you can also see the latest number of Facebook subscribers by country.
The Population and stats for Africa have been updated. Check them out at Africa Internet Population. The tables give all the estimates and the graphs help us understand the stats.
For example, the 2015 Q2 Internet Penetration in Africa Graph shows that the average Internet penetration for Africa is 27%, and 48.5% in the rest of the world, not including Africa. Great progress has been made in recent years and the number of Internet users is increasing greatly.
Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has informed that Nigeria added about 1.6 million new mobile Internet subscribers during April/2015. Its latest figures show that the number of mobile internet subscribers in Nigeria reached 87.1 million, ITWeb reported. This was up from 85.5 million users in March. The increase of 1.59 million users during the month was on both of the GSM and the CDMA networks.
The Africa Region has new population data for 2015. Internet user figures are also being updated as well as broadband speed numbers for March 2015. Some African countries show impressive growth in Internet users, and the reason for this is the popularity of prepaid mobile Internet.
Africa year-end 2013 Internet Stats ready for uploading. The current population for Africa is estimated at 1,125,721,038 and Internet users have reached 240,146,482. The penetration rate is now 21.3%, showing great progress for the continent in Internet access. Broadband speeds have also improved, according to the Ookla Net Index.
Sometimes its good to know how the Internet World Stats are being used. Here is a good example of a blog from Africa by our friend Michael Ouma, a Journalist from Kenya.
Of course other people and other companies are also doing excellent Internet market research in Africa. For example, Google has been working with UK market research firm Basis Research Ltd. the last two years to understand behaviors and attitudes regarding the Internet in Africa.
They interviewed over 13,000 people in six cities of Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and Uganda – to find out how and why people use the internet, what prevents non-users from coming online, and much more. The results are available at InsightsAfrica (www.insightsafrica.com)