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Do you think there are 1.3 million daily Internet users in Kinshasa?

By Wayan Vota on November 9, 2012

The always informative oAfrica blog has an interesting post on a survey of Internet users in Kinshasa, DRC. Along with oAfrica, I question some of the survey findings, especially the assertion that 1.3 million Kinois are accessing the Internet every day, and 36% are using mobile devices for that access.

The World Bank says that in 2010 there were 202,000 Internet users in all of DRC so I’m thinking that a 1.3 million figure is a bit aspirational.

But enough of what I think – what do you think? Could there really be 1.3 million Congolese online every day? And if you do, how and why are they getting online?


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Wayan Vota co-founded ICTworks. He also co-founded Technology Salon, MERL Tech, ICTforAg, ICT4Djobs, ICT4Drinks, JadedAid, Kurante, OLPC News and a few other things. Opinions expressed here are his own and do not reflect the position of his employer, any of its entities, or any ICTWorks sponsor.
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3 Comments to “Do you think there are 1.3 million daily Internet users in Kinshasa?”

  1. Parvez Iftikhar says:

    Depends how one counts. For example: if a user logs in 5 times during the day and that is counted as 5 users, it’s possible – especially at a place where the connection could drop several times and one is forced to log in again and again!

  2. Mohlamme Makhathe says:

    I have not seen the stats. Some people calculate accessing of social network site as having access to the internet. I think that’s were the number could be coming from.

  3. Parvez Iftikhar says:

    Even in that case, one could count 5 accesses by the same user during a day as 5 different users! That would of course be wrong.