Africans and indeed global citizens are going online – yes, for the first time in history, more than half of the world’s population, or 3.9 billion people will have access to the internet by end of 2018. Much of that progress is thanks to Africa, where internet penetration grew from a mere 2.1% in 2005 to over 24% in 2018.
The number of households in Africa with access to a computer also increased to 9.2% in 2018 from 3.6% in 2005. Similar steady growth was also recorded in developing countries where internet penetration grew to 45.3% at the end of 2018 from 7.7% in 2005. ITU says attaining the 50/50 milestone is both historic and crucial given the number of people who will not only be connected but will also be able to attain crucial services online including education and healthcare.
The trajectory is sustainable.