The Alliance for Affordable Internet, a worldwide advocacy coalition, has recently released its 2017 report on Internet accessibility in the world. In its report, the coalition is studying 58 countries, including the characteristics of their Internet market, and also accessibility to this service.
In general, the coalition comes to the conclusion that a digital revolution is taking place at the global level and that the trend has never been so strong for connectivity.
However, the coalition reveals that the main obstacle to popularizing the Internet is still the cost of accessibility of this service, which remains above the purchasing power of the average population, especially on the African continent. A reality that deprives a considerable part of the population of these technological services. To be more concrete on the issue in Africa, the coalition lists 10 countries with the highest Internet access costs.
In the Recommendations section, “Alliance for Affordable Internet” proposes to countries that are significantly behind in the sector to improve the quality of the use of universal service and access funds, to implement innovative uses of the spectrum thanks to the policy of transparency and above all to encourage competition in the market through intelligent regulations.
2017 ranking of African countries with the highest Internet access cost
- Sierra Leone
- Burkina Faso