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One year of following African ICT news

October 24, 2010  »  News & StatisticsNo Comment

After diligently keeping track of news stories relating to African ICT progress for a full year, it is time to reflect. But first, a disclaimer. News stories posted on this site tend to come from Google news and Twitter searches for “africa ict”, “africa internet”, and “africa broadband”. Country-specific queries are made from time to time, but some stories may pass unnoticed. Additionally, not all African media outlets have an online presence or are necessarily indexed by Google.

Regardless, each of the 176 news posts has a handful of associated tags. A quick .xml export, data scrub, filter, text-to-columns, and COUNTIF function later, 510 unique tags become visible. A few of these tags overlap, since the tagging process hasn’t been as careful as it could be, but some trends emerge. Especially interesting are graphs of the most frequently used tags, the share of news devoted to each African nation, and the prevalence of larger themes.

On a country-by-country basis there are a few apparent trends. However, we must remember that the number of news stories posted on this site is continent upon their online publishing at all. So, these stats are somewhat limited by the presence of online media in a given country:

  • Most of the articles I posted throughout the year originated from the larger nations of South Africa, Nigeria, and Kenya.
  • Despite boasting larger populations than Kenya, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Sudan are missing from the higher ranks of the chart.
  • 9 nations represent 76% of the news stories posted on oAfrica.
  • More than 38% of stories came out of East Africa.
  • Articles from Chad, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Guinea-Bissau, Mauritania, Niger, Sudan, Togo, Western Sahara, and most island nations were not recorded.

Country tags used for oAfrica news posts, Oct 09 - Oct 10.

News stories indexed by Google and shared via Twitter tended to focus most on big-ticket issues of:

  • Broadband (general, Seacom, mobile, undersea cables)
  • ICT investment (general, China, infrastructure)
  • Cyber crime
  • ICT education (general, e-learning, digital divide)

Tags used 5 or more times for news category posts, Oct 09 - Oct 10. Twenty-six terms were used. Click to enlarge.

In an attempt to analyze trends at a later date, the posts typically use similarly worded tags. Accordingly, it is possible to get an idea of what topics were of interest to Africans over the past year:

  • Broadband is essentially the most targeted subject, appearing in 59 out of 176 (33.5%) of news posts.
  • Mobile articles appeared in over 20% of news posts.

News-post tags grouped by broader subject, Oct 09 - Oct 10. Click to enlarge.

What will the next 12 month bring? Most likely we will see articles focusing on these same terms. However, it would be refreshing to see the online news presence of smaller nations increase linearly with the number of Internet users.

[For reference, the raw data in table form can be searched and sorted]:

TAGCOUNT
News175
south africa85
nigeria81
kenya77
uganda49
ghana42
rwanda33
Broadband32
east africa30
ict investment21
tanzania21
zambia20
cyber-crime16
e-learning16
fiber optics14
ICT education14
seacom11
zimbabwe11
mobile broadband9
wimax9
liberia8
china7
eassy7
google7
infrastructure7
microsoft7
mobile internet7
tunisia7
west africa7
cloud computing6
fibre optics6
india6
malawi6
namibia6
digital divide5
icann5
ICT Policy5
Mobile5
rural ICT5
safaricom5
Sub-Saharan Africa5
WiBro5
burundi5
egypt5
ethiopia5
sierra leone5
africa tech4
angola4
broadband cost4
mtn4
senegal4
social networking4
ushahidi4
vsat4
african union3
algeria3
cameroon3
domain names3
facebook3
guinea3
ict growth3
ict infrastructure3
internet security3
it skills3
itu3
ivory coast3
main one3
mauritius3
morocco3
mozambique3
open source3
social media3
submarine cable3
sustainability3
undersea cable3
wikipedia3
4g2
ace cable2
adsl2
africa ict news2
africa technology2
african internet news2
backbone2
bandwidth2
botswana2
broadband prices2
burkina faso2
cape town2
central africa2
children's safety2
crisis mapping2
cyber security2
digital village2
digital villages2
drc2
e-commerce2
e-waste2
farming2
fiber optic2
fiber optic cable2
fibre optic2
fibre optic cable2
france2
gabon2
gambia2
gender and ict2
glo-12
google africa2
government2
ict budget2
ict conference2
ict development2
ict prices2
ict training2
ict transparency2
ict4d2
intelsat2
internet cost2
internet growth2
Internet penetration2
israel2
it training2
korea2
libya2
local content2
madagascar2
mobile banking2
mobile payment2
ncc2
Nepad2
netbooks2
north africa2
onling gaming2
satellite2
satellite internet2
science2
SMEs2
sms2
software piracy2
somalia2
telecom investment2
undersea cables2
vodacom2
vodafone2
WACS2
wireless internet2
women and ict2
youth and ict2
youth and internet2
zamtel2
.eastafrica1
2009 ict1
2009 ict roundup1
2010 predictions1
3g1
activists1
adsl prices1
afribiz1
africa 3.01
africa broadband1
africa electronic fraud1
africa hard drives1
africa ict1
africa ict week1
africa internet tourism1
africa.com1
africa.inx1
africaconnect1
african business1
african facebook1
african ict policy1
african interconnect charges1
african internet exchange1
african investments1
african isps1
african newspapers1
african population boom1
african renaissance1
african social networking1
african software1
africa's image1
afrinic1
agra1
anthropology1
appfrica1
apps4africa1
asia ict model1
avu1
bbc news1
benin1
blended adsl1
bosco-uganda1
bpo firms1
broadband caps1
broadband competition1
broadband hub1
broadband investment1
broadband myths1
broadband penetration1
broadband pricing1
cable landing1
cape verde1
carbon emissions1
career expo1
cck1
cctlds1
cellphone1
cherrypal1
children1
chuch and technology1
comesa1
commercial ict1
computer games1
computer hardware1
computer importation1
computer studies kenya1
computer village1
crowdsourcing1
cyber cafes1
cyber crime africa1
cybercrime1
dar es salaam1
dem rep of congo1
democratic republic of congo1
digital curriculum1
digital dividend1
digital revolution1
digital sense forum1
djibouti1
domain registration1
eabs1
e-applications1
ebooks1
e-books1
e-brain forum1
e-business1
economy1
ecowas1
eghana1
e-government1
elearning1
empowerment1
entrepreneurs1
e-skills1
ethioopia1
etisalat1
europe1
european connectivity1
facebook nigeria1
failed ict projects1
family planning1
fiber optic cables1
fiber optics training1
fibre backbone1
fibre cable1
finland broadband1
firefox1
fixed broadband1
foreign investment1
francophone africa1
freedom fone1
funding1
g8/g20 summit1
gauteng school1
gdp1
gdp growth1
glo1
global ICT1
gmail1
goodluck jonathan1
Google Earth1
google flu1
google maps1
google sms1
google swahili1
google university1
green energy1
green future1
green telecoms1
health sector1
hewlett packard1
hewlett packard grant1
home networking1
hotspots1
huawei1
ibm1
icow1
ict1
ict awards1
ict backbone1
ict benefits1
ict bill1
ict centres1
ict diffusion1
ict efficiency1
ict entrepreneur1
ict exam1
ict exhibition1
ict expectations1
ict forum1
ict gender1
ict industry1
ict job growth1
ict language1
ict magazine1
ict mall1
ict maturity model1
ict ministry1
ict opinion1
ict outsourcing1
ict regulation1
ict schools1
ict software1
ICT spending1
ict stakeholders1
ict survey1
ict sustainability1
ict tools1
ict waste1
ihub1
indian investment1
in-flight internet1
infodev1
infostate1
infraco1
integr81
international calls1
international funding1
internet access1
internet cafe1
internet cafes1
internet capacity1
internet crime1
internet dating1
internet exchange points1
internet fraud1
internet literacy1
internet outage1
internet privacy1
internet providers1
internet speed1
internet writers1
interview1
investment1
ip backbone1
ip development1
iphone1
iphone 4 africa1
ipv41
ipv61
it donation1
it drive1
it education1
it opportunities1
it outsourcing1
it spending1
itu report1
itu statistics1
IXP1
IXPs1
japan1
kano ict park1
kaspersky africa1
kayak.com1
kenet1
kenyan google searches1
kenyan outsourcing1
kenyan software1
kenyan tech1
kie1
kigali1
kigali city1
lagos1
laptops1
lca africa1
lesotho1
libraries1
linkbook1
linux1
lion1
lion cable1
lion21
live stream1
london internet exchange1
madonna malawi1
mAfrica1
makerere university1
mali1
marketing1
m-commerce1
media explosion1
m-health1
microsoft and nigeria1
microsoft office1
microsoft office africa1
millennium village1
mobile applications1
mobile apps1
mobile health1
mobile market1
mobile phone skills1
mobile roaming1
mobile security1
mobile south africa1
mobile telecom1
mobile web1
mpesa1
m-pesa1
nairobi tech1
nethope1
network outage1
nigerian stimulus fund1
nigerian university1
nokia1
nyanda1
olpc1
online auctions1
online education1
online photos1
online security1
online shopping1
open source africa1
outsourcing1
p2p caching1
pan-african network1
peace corps1
physically challenged ict1
PIDA1
pilot pasha centres1
power production1
price war1
price wars1
printing industry1
reading culture1
regional carriers1
regional tld1
republic of congo1
rural internet1
rural kiosks1
rwandan national dialogue1
sa broadband1
samsung1
sandton exhibition1
sasatel1
sat-31
satellite broadband1
scam emails1
schools1
sentech1
siera leone1
silicon valley1
skype1
small enterprise1
smart mobile phones1
sms costs1
social sites1
software developers kenya1
software exchange1
solar cafe1
solar power1
south african websites1
south korea1
southern africa1
swaziland1
tanzania facebook1
teams cable1
tech jobs1
technology for development1
techpreneurship1
telecom competition1
telecom growth1
telecom industry1
telecom reach1
telecoms1
telecoms licensing1
telkom1
tenet1
tld1
tld registry1
transparency1
twitter1
u.s. investment1
ucc1
un report1
under-served communities1
unesco1
universal access1
uspf1
vision 20201
VoIP1
wananchi1
web 2.01
web browsers1
web colonialism1
wedding site1
west africa internet governance forum1
wifi1
wireless africa1
wireless network1
women ict1
women's rights1
world bank1
world bank books1
world cup 2010 ict1
world economic forum1
world wide web foundation1
youtube1
zain1
zesco1
zinox1