by: Lesley Dobson
Over 50% of the global population will have Internet access within the next three years, according to the 2014 edition of the State of Broadband report. The annual report provides a global snapshot of broadband network access and affordability, with country-by country data.
An article in BIZTECH Africa has a summary of the results. The top ten countries for Internet use are all located in Europe, with Iceland ranked first in the world with 96.5% of people online. Despite impressive economic growth and ICT developments for a number of African countries over the years, including huge projects to expand bandwidth, the lowest global levels of Internet access are mostly found in sub-Saharan Africa. Internet access is available to less than 2% of the population. Examples are:
Broadband Internet is now universally accepted as a vital tool for economic and social development. It also has the potential to transform healthcare. Many African countries already have various eHealth and mHealth initiative underway, helping to do just that. In order for these to flourish and become scalable, it’s imperative that African countries recognise connectivity as a key development priority and continue to invest in ICT. eHealth depends on it.