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10 African countries that have the most number of internet users in 2022

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According to experts, the value of Africa’s internet economy to more than double over the next three years from the current estimated US$115bn, with mobile phones central to the expansion.

Which Countries Have the Most Internet Users?

When it comes to internet users, some countries have more than others. But a country’s online population doesn’t necessarily reflect its overall connectivity.

Using information from DataReportal, here’s a look at the top 10 African countries with the highest number of internet users, alongside their internet penetration rates (which is the number of internet users divided by a country’s overall population):

  • There were 109.2 million internet users in Nigeria in January 2022.
  • Nigeria’s internet penetration rate stood at 51.0 per cent of the total population at the start of 2022.

  • There were 75.66 million internet users in Egypt in January 2022.
  • Egypt’s internet penetration rate stood at 71.9 per cent of the total population at the start of 2022.

  • There were 41.19 million internet users in South Africa in January 2022.
  • South Africa’s internet penetration rate stood at 68.2 per cent of the total population at the start of 2022.

  • There were 31.59 million internet users in Morocco in January 2022.
  • Morocco’s internet penetration rate stood at 84.1 per cent of the total population at the start of 2022.

  • There were 29.83 million internet users in Ethiopia in January 2022.
  • Ethiopia’s internet penetration rate stood at 25.0 per cent of the total population at the start of 2022.

  • There were 27.28 million internet users in Algeria in January 2022.
  • Algeria’s internet penetration rate stood at 60.6 per cent of the total population at the start of 2022.

  • There were 23.35 million internet users in Kenya in January 2022.
  • Kenya’s internet penetration rate stood at 42.0 per cent of the total population at the start of 2022.

  • There were 16.99 million internet users in Ghana in January 2022.
  • Ghana’s internet penetration rate stood at 53.0 per cent of the total population at the start of 2022.

  • There were 16.50 million internet users in the DRC in January 2022.
  • The DRC’s internet penetration rate stood at 17.6 per cent of the total population at the start of 2022.

  • There were 15.60 million internet users in Tanzania in January 2022.
  • Tanzania’s internet penetration rate stood at 25.0 per cent of the total population at the start of 2022.

**This post forms part of the Africa Collective initiative, for which Business Insider Africa is the lead media partner. Learn more about the initiative here.



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