Chart : Internet Penetration, 2000-2008
- Although all nations have experience rapid and substantial growth in Internet penetration rate (basically, the number of Internet users), the single-digit numbers are still very small in comparison to the world average. Statistically speaking, a twelve-fold change from 0.4% to 5% in a matter of 8 years is quite substantial. However, the mean world penetration rate stands at 25%, and North America is at nearly 74%.
- Northern African nations (Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia) are some of the most connected in the entire continent. All have Internet penetration rates over 10% (the African average is 6.7%).
- The number of Internet users in Angola since 2005 has not kept up with the population growth.
- All African nations arrived late to the Internet world. Ten years ago, only one country (South Africa) had a penetration rate over 1%.