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Middle East and Africa Online Population Forecast 2023-28

Despite the growth in last five years, Middle East and Africa will likely continue to face the challenge of having the lowest internet penetration rate globally.

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The Middle East and Africa region is set to experience notable growth in its online population over the next five years. By 2028, the region's internet user base is projected to reach approximately 1.35 billion from 1.09 billion in 2023, driven by factors such as:

  • Improved digital infrastructure: Investments in broadband networks and mobile internet connectivity are enabling more people to access the internet.
  • Affordable mobile devices: The availability of affordable smartphones is playing a crucial role in driving internet adoption, particularly in Africa.
  • Growing digital literacy: Increased awareness and education about the benefits of the internet are driving adoption across the region.

Despite projected growth in the Middle East and Africa's online population, reaching an estimated 1.35 billion users by 2028, the region is still expected to have the lowest internet penetration rate of 62.5% globally. Several factors contribute to this:

  • Infrastructural challenges: Lack of digital infrastructure, particularly in rural areas, hinders internet accessibility and connectivity.
  • Affordability: High costs of internet services and devices can be a barrier to adoption, particularly among low-income populations.
  • Digital literacy: Low levels of digital literacy and awareness about the benefits of the internet can limit usage and adoption.
Online population. Total number of individuals or users who have access to the internet and regularly use it for various purposes, such as communication, information gathering, entertainment, shopping, and more (at least once in a month)
Additional Notes
Release Date: April 2024
Region: Worldwide
Time Period: 2009 to 2028
Author: Datum Research Team
Source: Datum Global Online Population Forecast 2023-28
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