Rich countries – and particularly small, rich ones – have more access to ICT and are able to leverage it effectively, and poor countries, less so. In South Africa’s case, hosting the World Cup had something to do with it.
The index measures the propensity for countries to exploit the opportunities offered by ICT, and is regarded as the most authoritative and comprehensive assessment of how it impacts the competitiveness and well-being of nations
Leading Africa is Seychelles at 89.2 subscribers per 100 people, followed by Gabon at 87.6. But rates fall very quickly after that; just nine countries in total have rates of more than 50 subscribers per 100.
Swaziland has the highest landline telephone density in Africa, in this dataset of 49 African countries, with 44 landlines for every 100 people.
There are 24 computers for ever 100 people in Namibia, 20 in Seychelles, and 17 in Mauritius. In at least twenty-two African countries, however, the figure is less than 1 for every 100 people.