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

10 African countries that have the most number of internet users in 2022
  • Business Insider and the Africa Collective initiative it supports present the top 10 African countries that have the most number of internet users in 2022.
  • With a penetration rate of 51% per cent of the total population of the country, Nigeria is one of the leading countries with the highest number of Internet users.
  • Egypt ranks second in the number of Internet users.
  • The penetration rate of countries like the South Africa, Kenya and Tanzania is more than 30 per cent.

Internet adoption has steadily increased over the years, and Africa is one of the continents expected to see a major economic boom due to technology.

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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):

1. Nigeria

  • 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.

2. Egypt

  • 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.

3. South Africa

  • 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.

4. Morocco

  • 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.

5. Ethiopia

  • 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.

6. Algeria

  • 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.

7. Kenya

  • 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.

8. Ghana

  • 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.

9. DR Congo

  • 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.

10. Tanzania

  • 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.

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**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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