In Ethiopia Only 1.7% Have Internet Access

Ethiopia has less than 2% Internet penetration rate and ranks as one of the least connected countries in the world, a Fortune magazine report says based on data from Internet Live Stats. (Photograph: Getty Images)

Tadias Magazine
By Tadias Staff

Published: Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

New York (TADIAS) — In Ethiopia only 1.7% of the country’s 96 million people have access to the Internet according to a Fortune magazine report that quotes data from Internet Live Stats showing eight of the world’s least connected countries are located in Africa.

In addition to Ethiopia, the American Business Magazine also highlights neighboring Eritrea as having the worst Internet penetration rate in the world with only 0.91% of its residents having digital access.

Other countries with less than 2% Internet availability include Burundi, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Niger, Guinea and Congo.

On the positive side Fortune says: “Last week, Google announced that it would be bringing Google Link — fiber optic cables to enhance the reliability and speed of internet connections — to Ghana after a successful pilot in Uganda. The program is designed to improve Internet access across Africa, a service that is needed on that continent more than any other.”

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