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Internet access in Mozambique has tripled in the last 10 years. In 2007, 146,805 Mozambicans had access to the world wide web, but the 2017 population census revealed that 1,607,085 persons had access to the global computer and mobile phones network, most of them living in Maputo province.
With the rate rising only from 2.7 percent to 6.6 percent, there are still comparatively few Mozambicans with access to the internet. The Census show that 8.1% of the male population and 5.3% of the female population have internet access.
The National Institute of Statistics census found that, of the total, 1,309,517 users routinely accessed the web via mobile phone, while 297,568 did so using a computer or tablet. Most internet users are located in urban areas. In rural areas, where a large part of the 27.9 million Mozambicans live, only 346,276 people said they use the net.
In tandem with the demographic explosion in Maputo province, where population has grown by 60.7 percent in 10 years, the region has the largest number of internet users: 408,273 in 2017, as against 24,743 in 2007.
Maputo city, which 10 years ago also led internet access with 78,007 users, now has 344,807 users. Nampula province has 143,151 internet users, Sofala, 137,713 and Zambezia, 110,406. The poorest province in Mozambique, Niassa, has the lowest number of internet users, with only 42,790.
By Adérito CaldeiraSource: A Verdade
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