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Facebook User Statistics (Nov 2007)

Overall country rank, user numbers, and gender break-down of Facebook users (as of Nov 2007)

42,966,780 total users

15,521,660 (36.12%) male; 18,118,600 (42%) female; 9,326,520 (21.71%) unspecified.

Country
Rank
Total
Male
Female
Unspec.

United States
1
18,071,700
40.11%
45.98%
13.90%

Turkey
5
1,633,760
30.07%
19.86%
50.07%

South Africa
9
603,960
36.85%
40.96%
22.18%

Egypt
12
396,200
37.12%
27.30%
35.5%

India
14
333,560
33.88%
26.83%
39.30%

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Categories: africa, asia, middle east, regions, research, stats

World Bank’s Learning Network Infrastructure

This month’s issue of Baseline Magazine has an excellent overview of World Bank’s information and communication technology related activities, infrastructure, and budget. (Warning: Don’t blame me if your eyes pop and jaws drop at the numbers mentioned in there.)

The article spans about 12 pages, so for those of you who do not want to read it in its entirety, here is the gist:

World

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ICT in Women Owned Businesses in the MENA Region

Information & Communication Technology (ICT) data from the survey of women business owners in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Responses based on interviews with 1,228 women business owners from five countries (Bahrain, Jordan, Lebanon, Tunisia, and UAE) between May-October, 2006.

Mobile phone usage for business:

Lebanon (93%), Jordan (91%), Bahrain (89%), Tunisia (85%) and the UAE (79%).

Multi-line business telephone usage:

UAE

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Categories: africa, middle east, regions, research, stats

Morocco – Africa’s Broadband Leader in 2006

Morocco broadband statistics:

Morocco has the largest total number of broadband subscribers in Africa – nearly 400,000 ADSL subscribers at the end of 2006 (a number higher than South Africa, considered the continent’s ICT leader).
Morocco also offers the highest speed broadband package in Africa – 4 Mbps.
98% of all internet connections in Morocco are broadband.
Broadband connections grew by 58% between 2005-2006. Dial-up

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Categories: africa, regions, research, stats

Hans Rosling & Trendalyzer at TED

Here is another fantastic presentation from TED. Dr. Hans Rosling takes us on a wild ride through – development statistics. TED is guaranteeing that you would have never seen data presented like this before. And I wholeheartedly agree. It even has a riveting finale. And, I am not kidding!

Watch the entire 19.01 minutes of the presentation to see for yourself.

In this presentation, Dr.

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Invest in the People of Africa

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria’s former (and the first woman) Finance Minister, speaks eloquently about the exciting new opportunities emerging in the African continent.

In this 20 minute presentation at the TED conference, she paints a picture of an Africa of improving governance, emerging democracies, reducing conflicts, and blossoming entrepreneurs. She also highlights the biggest barrier that local businesses face – the lack of capital to expand.

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