Africa

Top 10 African countries with the highest number of internet users in 2022

The use of the internet has continuously expanded over time, and Africa is one of the continents predicted to see a large economic boom as a result of technological advancements.

Experts predict that Africa’s internet economy will more than quadruple in value over the next three years, from an estimated US$115 billion now, with mobile phones playing a key role.

Which countries have the highest percentage of internet users?

Some countries have a higher proportion of internet users than others. However, the online population of a country does not always reflect its overall connectivity.

Here’s a look at the top 10 African countries with the most internet users, as well as their internet penetration rates (which is the number of internet users divided by a country’s overall population) based on data from DataReportal:

1. Nigeria

  • There were 109.2 million internet users in Nigeria in January 2022.
  • Nigeria’s internet penetration rate stood at 51.0 per cent of the total population at the start of 2022.

2. Egypt

  • There were 75.66 million internet users in Egypt in January 2022.
  • Egypt’s internet penetration rate stood at 71.9 per cent of the total population at the start of 2022.

3. South Africa

  • There were 41.19 million internet users in South Africa in January 2022.
  • South Africa’s internet penetration rate stood at 68.2 per cent of the total population at the start of 2022.

4. Morocco

  • There were 31.59 million internet users in Morocco in January 2022.
  • Morocco’s internet penetration rate stood at 84.1 per cent of the total population at the start of 2022.
  • There were 29.83 million internet users in Ethiopia in January 2022.
  • Ethiopia’s internet penetration rate stood at 25.0 per cent of the total population at the start of 2022.

6. Algeria

  • There were 27.28 million internet users in Algeria in January 2022.
  • Algeria’s internet penetration rate stood at 60.6 per cent of the total population at the start of 2022.

7. Kenya

  • There were 23.35 million internet users in Kenya in January 2022.
  • Kenya’s internet penetration rate stood at 42.0 per cent of the total population at the start of 2022.

8. Ghana

  • There were 16.99 million internet users in Ghana in January 2022.
  • Ghana’s internet penetration rate stood at 53.0 per cent of the total population at the start of 2022.

9. DR Congo

  • There were 16.50 million internet users in the DRC in January 2022.
  • The DRC’s internet penetration rate stood at 17.6 per cent of the total population at the start of 2022.

10. Tanzania

  • There were 15.60 million internet users in Tanzania in January 2022.
  • Tanzania’s internet penetration rate stood at 25.0 per cent of the total population at the start of 2022.

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