Only 120 million Africans connected to internet

Students work in the lab. NIIS Computer Training Center. Accra. Ghana

Only 120 million Africans are connected to the internet on a continent of about a billion people, according to an industry expert.

Over 2,000 people from more than 100 countries are currently attending a UN-backed Internet Governance Forum in Nairobi, Kenya.

Anne-Rachel Inne of ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, says that even globally, only 30 per cent of the world's 6 billion people are truly connected to the internet.

"So when you put it in that perspective you find out that O.K. we still have a long way to go even for the others who are coming. But in the African region the numbers that the ITU had in 2010 were about 12 per cent of the world's Internet. And right now we have about 120 million connected on a continent of about a billion people, which is really small."

(Duration: 23")

Africa did not have broadband cables for fast internet access until recently.

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