Nigeria among top 20 internet countries globally


Nigeria, the most populated country in Africa – with over 150 million people – has emerged among the top 20 countries in the world with highest number of internet users according to the current Internet World Stats report released by Colombia-based Miniwatts Marketing Group.

Nigeria is also the only African country to feature among the top 20 countries and comes in at position 11 globally France and one position below Mexico in the ranking where China occupies the first position with Pakistan at position 20.

The current edition of Internet World Stats, which has analyzed the number of internet users worldwide and the results as of March 31, 2012 according to the number of users, states the countries with the largest populations are at the top of the list.

“By world regions, Asia is in first place represented by eight countries, followed by Europe represented by seven countries. However, please keep in mind that these stats do not represent a competition between countries and that their purpose is simply to show the global growth of the internet,” notes the report.

Below is the compressive listing released less than 2 days ago:


TOP 20 COUNTRIES WITH HIGHEST NUMBER OF INTERNET USERS

#

Country or Region

Population,
2011 Est

Internet Users
Year 2000

Internet Users
Latest Data

Penetration
(% Population)

World
% Users

1

China

1,336,718,015

22,500,000

513,100,000

38.4 %

22.5 %

2

United States

313,232,044

95,354,000

245,203,319

78.3 %

10.8 %

3

India

1,189,172,906

5,000,000

121,000,000

10.2 %

5.3 %

4

Japan

126,475,664

47,080,000

101,228,736

80.0 %

4.4 %

5

Brazil

194,037,075

5,000,000

81,798,000

42.2 %

3.6 %

6

Germany

81,471,834

24,000,000

67,364,898

82.7 %

3.0 %

7

Russia

138,739,892

3,100,000

61,472,011

44.3 %

2.7 %

8

Indonesia

245,613,043

2,000,000

55,000,000

22.4 %

2.4 %

9

United Kingdom

62,698,362

15,400,000

52,731,209

84.1 %

2.3 %

10

France

65,102,719

8,500,000

50,290,226

77.2 %

2.2 %

11

Nigeria

170,123,740

200,000

45,039,711

26.5 %

2.0 %

12

Mexico

115,017,631

2,712,400

42,000,000

36.5 %

1.8 %

13

Korea

48,754,657

19,040,000

40,329,660

82.7 %

1.8 %

14

Iran

77,891,220

250,000

36,500,000

46.9 %

1.6 %

15

Turkey

78,785,548

2,000,000

36,455,000

46.3 %

1.6 %

16

Italy

61,016,804

13,200,000

35,800,000

58.7 %

1.6 %

17

Philippines

101,833,938

2,000,000

33,600,000

33.0 %

1.5 %

18

Vietnam

90,549,390

200,000

30,858,742

34.1 %

1.4 %

19

Spain

46,754,784

5,387,800

30,654,678

65.6 %

1.3 %

20

Pakistan

187,342,721

133,900

29,128,970

15.5 %

1.3 %

TOP 20 Countries

4,731,331,987

273,058,100

1,709,555,160

36.1 %

75.0 %

Rest of the World

2,235,794,808

87,927,392

570,154,469

25.5 %

25.0 %

Total World – Users

6,967,126,795

360,985,492

2,279,709,629

32.7 %

100.0 %

As summary of the report’s findings, Miniwatts Marketing Group chief executive Enrique de Argaez states that “everything in the world is changing for the better, thanks to the advances and the daily developments of technology,” adding that approximately one out of every three persons in the world already is inside the global village, and one out of every seven persons in the world is inside the social web.

Mr Argaez notes that today in the 21st century, literacy should have a much broader scope and include “digital literacy”, the ability to use a computer and to surf the Internet, adding that “most governments understand this and offer free online training.”

Below are the particular usage and penetration stats for Africa, figures which might be of particular interest to researchers, policy makers, telecoms industry operators, potential investors, product and service vendors and online marketers among others:

INTERNET USERS, POPULATION AND FACEBOOK STATISTICS FOR AFRICA

AFRICA

Population
(2011 Est.)

Internet Users
Dec/2000

Internet Users
31-Dec-11

Penetration
(% Population)

Users
% Africa

Facebook
31-Mar-12

Algeria

34,994,937

50,000

4,700,000

13.4 %

3.4 %

3,328,800

Angola

13,338,541

30,000

744,195

5.6 %

0.5 %

361,420

Benin

9,325,032

15,000

744,195

3.0 %

0.2 %

134,920

Botswana

2,065,398

15,000

167,180

8.1 %

0.1 %

199,180

Burkina Faso

16,751,455

10,000

230,562

1.4 %

0.2 %

103,680

Burundi

10,216,190

3,000

176,040

1.7 %

0.1 %

31,460

Cameroon

19,711,291

20,000

783,956

4.0 %

0.6 %

481,280

Cape Verde

516,100

8,000

148,800

28.8 %

0.1 %

83,940

Central African Rep.

4,950,027

1,500

123,800

2.5 %

0.1 %

105,580

Chad

10,758,945

1,000

190,863

1.8 %

0.1 %

26,760

Comoros

794,683

1,500

37,472

4.7 %

0.0 %

13,340

Congo

4,243,929

500

295,132

7.0 %

0.2 %

81,640

Congo, Dem. Rep.

71,712,867

500

915,400

1.3 %

0.7 %

643,220

Cote d’Ivoire

21,504,162

40,000

968,000

4.5 %

0.7 %

n/a

Djibouti

757,074

1,400

61,320

8.1 %

0.0 %

42,260

Egypt

82,079,636

450,000

21,691,776

26.4 %

15.5 %

10,475,940

Equatorial Guinea

668,225

500

42,024

6.3 %

0.0 %

21,200

Eritrea

5,939,484

5,000

283,699

4.8 %

0.2 %

20,120

Ethiopia

90,873,739

10,000

622,122

0.7 %

0.4 %

511,240

Gabon

1,576,665

15,000

108,845

6.9 %

0.1 %

94,940

Gambia

1,797,860

4,000

159,012

8.8 %

0.1 %

82,860

Ghana

24,791,073

30,000

2,085,501

8.4 %

1.5 %

1,205,420

Guinea

10,601,009

8,000

95,823

0.9 %

0.1 %

43,720

Guinea-Bissau

1,596,677

1,500

37,123

2.3 %

0.0 %

n/a

Kenya

41,070,934

200,000

10,492,785

25.5 %

7.5 %

1,325,020

Lesotho

1,924,886

4,000

83,813

4.4 %

0.1 %

31,480

Liberia

3,786,764

500

20,000

0.5 %

0.0 %

n/a

Libya

6,597,960

10,000

391,880

5.9 %

0.3 %

464,700

Madagascar

21,926,221

30,000

352,135

1.6 %

0.3 %

219,620

Malawi

15,879,252

15,000

716,400

4.5 %

0.5 %

127,780

Mali

14,159,904

18,800

414,985

2.9 %

0.3 %

132,520

Mauritania

3,281,634

5,000

100,333

3.1 %

0.1 %

87,160

Mauritius

1,303,717

87,000

323,494

24.8 %

0.2 %

312,640

Mayotte (FR)

209,530

n/a

10,620

5.1 %

0.0 %

11,460

Morocco

31,968,361

100,000

15,656,192

49.0 %

11.2 %

4,408,340

Mozambique

22,948,858

30,000

975,395

4.3 %

0.7 %

191,080

Namibia

2,147,585

30,000

148,414

6.9 %

0.1 %

148,420

Niger

16,468,886

5,000

128,749

0.8 %

0.1 %

43,880

Nigeria

155,215,573

200,000

45,039,711

29.0 %

32.2 %

4,312,060

Reunion (FR)

834,261

130,000

300,000

36.0 %

0.2 %

236,880

Rwanda

11,370,425

5,000

818,048

7.2 %

0.6 %

127,680

Saint Helena (UK)

7,700

n/a

900

11.7 %

0.0 %

n/a

Sao Tome & Principe

179,506

6,500

31,012

17.3 %

0.0 %

4,640

Senegal

12,643,799

40,000

1,989,396

15.7 %

1.4 %

694,220

Seychelles

89,188

6,000

33,900

38.0 %

0.0 %

19,880

Sierra Leone

5,363,669

5,000

48,520

0.9 %

0.0 %

50,320

Somalia

9,925,640

200

106,000

1.1 %

0.1 %

75,500

South Africa

49,004,031

2,400,000

6,800,000

13.9 %

4.9 %

4,954,280

South Sudan

8,260,490

n/a

n/a

0.0 %

n/a

Sudan

45,047,502

30,000

4,200,000

9.3 %

3.0 %

n/a

Swaziland

1,370,424

10,000

95,122

6.9 %

0.1 %

62,540

Tanzania

42,746,620

115,000

4,932,535

11.5 %

3.5 %

437,040

Togo

6,771,993

100,000

356,300

5.3 %

0.3 %

84,480

Tunisia

10,629,186

100,000

3,856,984

36.3 %

2.8 %

2,955,260

Uganda

34,612,250

40,000

4,178,085

12.1 %

3.0 %

387,080

Western Sahara

507,160

n/a

n/a

n/a

0.0 %

n/a

Zambia

13,881,336

20,000

882,170

6.4 %

0.6 %

206,700

Zimbabwe

12,084,304

50,000

1,445,717

12.0 %

1.0 %

n/a

TOTAL AFRICA

1,037,524,058

4,514,400

139,875,242

13.5 %

100.0 %

40,205,580

 

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