With a total population of approximately 1.2 Billion people, updated report on statistics & analysis of internet usage in Africa from Internet World Stats reveals that approximately 297 Million people use the internet out of which at least 51 Million people or more are on Facebook!


(2014 Est.)
Pop. %
of World
Internet Users,
(% Population)
% Users
Total for Africa


15.7 %


26.5 %

9.8 %


Rest of World


84.3 %


45.2 %

90.2 %




100.0 %


42.3 %

100.0 %


NOTES: (1) Africa Population are 2014 mid-year estimates. (2) Internet Usage Statistics are for June 30, 2014. (2) The Facebook subscriber data is for December 31, 2012. (3) CLICK on each region or country name for details for each individual location. (4) For methology, help and definitions please see the site surfing guide. (5) Population estimates are based mainly on figures from the U.S. Census Bureau and local sources. (6) The Internet usage numbers come mainly from data published byWWW , ITU , the Nielsen Company, Facebook, and other trustworthy sources. (7) Data from this table may be cited, giving the due credit and establishing an active link back to Internet World Stats. Copyright © 2014, Miniwatts Marketing Group. All rights reserved worldwide.

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Over the past few years there has been a tremendous growth of internet usage in Africa following the simultaneous growth of smart phone users in Africa. According to Cisco Global Cloud Index, it’s been predicted that the Middle-East & Africa will post the world’s highest cloud traffic growth rate, growing more than 8-fold from 2013 – 2018.

The internet penetration rate of Africa as at 2014 reveals that Africa covers about 26.5% of total internet penetration rate compared to the rest of the world.

Although this statistics reveals the tremendous growth of internet usage in Africa, there s no doubt it furthers explains the rise of tablet sales within the region. By the end of the fourth quarter of 2013, shipments of tablets grew by 111 percent year over year, or 3.45 million for that quarter alone.

There are no doubts about the potential of the internet market in Africa and its becoming more obvious the way investors and businesses are tapping into this very large market as it provides some guarantee that if all appropriate strategies are implemented, businesses & investors are most likely to enjoy high returns on investment and more revenue. Below is chart revealing Africa’s top 10 internet countries investors & business owners should consider:

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Sources: Cisco Global Cloud Index,  Internet World Stats, Facebook 

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