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Digital Divide Revised

Courtesy of Paul Lamb’s Download Divide over at Cool and Conscientious Ning network, a link to an article lamenting how far South Africa and Africa have fallen behind on the digital frontiers, using Firefox download statistics as proof.

The United States generated the most downloads during the 24 hours with a total number in excess of 2.5 million. It was followed by Germany with 600

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Categories: africa, regions, tools

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

Statistics on the Gender Digital Divide

Gender-disaggregated statistics on information, communication, and technology (ICT) access and penetration:

Gender digital divide is prevalent across countries and continents.

In South Africa, 7% of women have no access to telephone, compared to 5% of men in 2001. The number was 24% for women and 15% for men (1996).
In Ethiopia, only 4.4% of women watch television once a week compared to 7.5% of men,

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Afghanistan Cell Phone Statistics (Aug 2007)

Afghanistan cell phone usage and industry statistics:

Amirzai Sangin, Afghanistan’s Minister for Telecommunications, reported that cell phone service providers are signing up new users at a rapid clip. The country adds about 150,000 new subscribers every month.
Current cell phone calling rate in the country is about US$ 10 cents a minute. Cheapest top-up cards cost about US$ 1.
Of Afghanistan’s total population of 25

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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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India Telecom Statistics for May 2007

Telecom subscriber statistics and numbers for May 2007:

6.57 million wireless subscribers added in May, compared to 6.11 million in April.
Total wireless subscribers: 177.79 million (GSM, CDMA, & WLL)
Wireline subscribers declined 0.28 million in May.
Total wireline subscribers: 40.26 million.
Total number of telephone subscribers: 218.05 million.
Teledensity at 19.26 in May. Compared to 18.74 in April.
Total broadband connections 2.46 million in

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Broadband Penetration in OECD Countries

Broadband Statistics for 2006 from OECD Directorate for Science, Technology, and Industry:

Subscribers per 100 inhabitants:

Denmark – 31.9 subscribers.
Netherlands – 31.8 subscribers.
Iceland – 29.7 subscribers.

Total subscribers:

United States – 58 million subscribers.
Japan – 26 million subscribers.
Germany & Korea – 14 million subscribers each.

Broadband technologies:

DSL – 62%.
Cable Modem – 29%.
Fibre + LAN – 6%.

Source:
OECD

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