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ICT adoption in 2019: Algeria makes further progress



Algeria has made new progress in the field of information and communication technologies (ICT), in particular in the adoption of ICT, telephony and mobile broadband and in the number of internet users, according to World Economic Forum (GEF) report on global competitiveness for the year 2019.

Algeria is ranked 76th globally in terms of ICT adoption, gaining 7 places in this ranking in one year after occupying 83rd place in 2018.

« This result indicates a qualitative leap recorded in the main indicators taken into account for the establishment of the ranking, » said the Ministry of Post, Telecommunications, Technology and Digital in a press release, citing this report.

Regarding the indicator relating to the mobile phone subscription, Algeria is ranked 61st globally in 2019, having occupied the 66th in 2018 and the 109th in 2016, an advancement 48 positions since 2016.

In addition, Algeria is ranked 35th in mobile broadband in 2019, having been 44th in 2018 and 98th in 2016, an increase of 63 positions since 2016.

Regarding the number of internet users, Algeria went from 106th place in 2016 to 91st in 2018 and then to 83rd in 2019, an increase of 23 positions since 2016.

The new ranking « reflects the efforts made by Algeria to develop the information society and improve internet access for all citizens, » said the ministry.

It should be remembered that the World Economic Forum, created in 1971 and known for its annual meeting in Davos, is a non-profit foundation headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.