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:
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: