The Global Telecommunication Union (GTU) recently published a report entitled Measuring the information society 2016 which reveals that in terms of ICT and telecom’s growth around the world (175 countries listed), Mauritius comes first in Africa and 73rd worldwide.

The Island is followed in Africa by Seychelles, South Africa, while Niger and Chad came last in the ranking, both in Africa and in the world. The two nations must muster more efforts to improve access to telecom services for their populations and work toward adopting digital economy.

The GTU used eleven criteria to conduct its study and assess the global development level in terms of ICT and telecom. These criteria are the level of access of to ICT and telecom, their usage and ICT skills in each of the countries listed.

Ranking for African Nations

 

Africa 2016 2015
1 Mauritius 73 73
2 Seychelles 86 88
3 South Africa 88 86
4 Tunisia 95 95
5 Morocco 96 98
6 Cape Verde 97 99
7 Egypt 100 97
8 Algeria 103 112
9 Botswana 108 109
10 Ghana 112 111
11 Namibia 120 121
12 Gabon 124 126
13 Kenya 129 129
14 Côte d’Ivoire 132 139
15 Zimbabwe 133 132
16 Lesotho 134 138
17 Swaziland 136 136
18 Nigeria 137 137
19 Sudan 139 134
20 Senegal 141 140
21 Gambia 143 141
22 Zambia 147 148
23 Cameroon 148 146
24 Mali 149 149
25 Rwanda 150 158
26 Mauritania 151 154
27 Angola 154 152
28 Liberia 156 161
29 Uganda 157 155
30 Benin 158 156
31 Togo 159 159
32 Equatorial Guinea 160 157
33 Djibouti 161 160
34 Burkina Faso 162 163
35 Mozambique 163 164
36 Guinea 165 166
37 Madagascar 166 165
38 Tanzania 167 167
39 Malawi 168 168
40 Ethiopia 169 172
41 RD Congo 170 169
42 Burundi 171 173
43 South Sudan 172 170
44 Guinea Bissau 173 171
45 Chad 174 175
46 Niger 175 174

Muriel Edjo