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Summary of countries with best and worst internet and digital life

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This is the summery for the best and worst countries in internet speeds, and digital life offering across the world and Africa. Kenya is ranked top in Africa. From the countries surveyed, Egypt ranks bottom in Africa while China and Myanmar rank bottom in the world.

Availability of government services online
Top 10   Bottom 10
1 Estonia 68 Egypt
2 Singapore 67 Myanmar
3 New Zealand 66 Indonesia
4 Denmark 65 Vietnam
5 Finland 64 India
6 Norway 63 Morocco
7 Bahrain 62 China
8 Canada 61 Bulgaria
9 Australia 60 Philippines
10 Netherlands 59 Peru


Getting a local mobile number

Top 10   Bottom 10
1 Myanmar 68 India
2 New Zealand 67 Japan
3 Israel 66 South Korea
4 Estonia 65 Saudi Arabia
5 Kenya 64 Turkey
6 Romania 63 China
7 Portugal 62 Peru
8 Uganda 61 Germany
9 Panama 60 Brazil
10 Morocco 59 South Africa


High-speed internet at home

Top 10   Bottom 10
1 South Korea 68 Myanmar
2 Taiwan 67 Philippines
3 Finland 66 Egypt
4 Romania 65 Uganda
5 Norway 64 China
6 Estonia 63 Peru
7 Israel 62 Brazil
8 Singapore 61 Indonesia
9 Denmark 60 India
10 Russia 59 Morocco


Paying without cash

Top 10 Bottom 10
1 Finland 68 Myanmar
2 Denmark 67 Argentina
3 Sweden 66 Morocco
4 Norway 65 Egypt
5 Estonia 64 Ecuador
6 New Zealand 63 Vietnam
7 South Korea 62 Philippines
8 USA 61 Uganda
9 Australia 60 Japan
10 Canada 59 Germany


Unrestricted access to online services

Top 10 Bottom 10
1 Estonia 68 China
2 Norway 67 Saudi Arabia
3 Israel 66 Turkey
4 Colombia 65 UAE
5 New Zealand 64 Qatar
6 Taiwan 63 Kuwait
7 Finland 62 Oman
8 Netherlands 61 Indonesia
9 Czechia 60 Egypt
10 Japan 59 Russia



Summary of top 3 African countries in internet access and digital life

31.
Kenya
Ranking as the best African country, Kenya appears to offer a good digital life. Almost nine in ten expats there (89%) are happy with their unrestricted access to online services, which is nine percentage points above the global average (80%). Making cashless payments in Kenya also seems to be very easy (94% positive ratings vs. 78% globally). What is more, Kenya comes in fifth in the world for the ease of getting a local mobile phone number, just beaten by Myanmar, New Zealand, Israel, and Estonia. Close to every expat in the country (95%) says it is easy, compared to 86% globally. In fact, only 2% find it difficult, while the global average is more than three times this share (7%). On the other hand, Kenya struggles to provide administrative or government services online (46th): Almost two in five expats (39%) are unsatisfied with the availability (vs. 26% globally). “Dealing with the government for routine matters takes forever,” bemoans an expat from the USA.

49.
South Africa
South Africa ranks among the bottom 10 countries worldwide in terms of ease of getting a local mobile phone number (59th), with 12% of expats saying it is difficult. This is five percentage points more than the global average (7%). The country does not fare much better when it comes to the availability of government or administration services online, ranking 58th out of 68 countries worldwide. In fact, close to half the expats (48%) are unsatisfied with the services provided, which is nearly double the global average (26%). Difficulties in getting access to high-speed internet at home
(52nd) have also contributed to the country’s poor ranking for digital life — over one in five expats (21%) are unhappy with this factor (vs. 16% negative ratings globally). South Africa achieves its best rank for making cashless payments (23rd). Over nine in ten expats (91%) say it is easy to pay without cash, which is 13 percentage points above the global average (78%).

58.
Morocco
Ranking a low 58th place for digital life overall, Morocco is among the worst ten countries in the world for the ease of getting high-speed internet access at home (59th out of 68), the availability of administrative or government services online (63rd), and the ease of making cashless payments (66th). For the latter, it only ranks ahead of Argentina and Myanmar, with 38% of respondents in Morocco saying that it is difficult to pay without cash, which is close to three times the global average (13%). What is more, 56% of expats are unsatisfied with the access to government services online (vs. 26% globally), and one in five (20%) is unhappy with the availability of high-speed internet at home (vs. 16% globally). On the other hand, Morocco ranks among the best countries in the world for the ease of getting a local mobile phone number (10th). Over nine in ten expats (94%) say getting a local number is easy, which is eight percentage points above the global average (86%). Over seven in ten (71%) even agree that it is very easy (vs. 58% globally).

59.
Uganda
Ranking among the worst countries in the world for digital life, Uganda receives its lowest ratings for getting access to highspeed internet at home (65th out of 68 countries) and paying without cash (61st): Close to two in five expats in the country (39%) are unsatisfied with the first factor (vs. 16% globally), while a third (33%) rate cashless payment opportunities negatively (vs. 13% globally). In fact, twelve percent even say it is very difficult to pay without cash in Uganda; only five other countries worldwide have higher percentages in this regard (Germany, Argentina, Egypt, Japan, and Myanmar). On the bright side, Uganda ranks among the top 10 countries regarding how easy it is to get a local mobile phone number (8th) — nearly all expats (97%) say that this is not an issue.

66.
Egypt
Almost seven in ten expats in Egypt (69%) are unsatisfied with the availability of administrative or government services online (vs. 26% globally), which is the highest share worldwide (together with Myanmar). Digital life in Egypt is made even harder due to the slow internet speed, with close to half the expats (47%) finding it hard to get access to high-speed internet at home (vs. 16% globally). A US American expat lists the “internet at home” as one of the worst things about living in Egypt. What is more, expats are unhappy with the ease of paying without cash (35% negative ratings vs. 13% globally) and the access to online services such as social media (19% negative ratings vs. 10% globally). Only getting a local mobile phone number seems to be fairly easy in Egypt (39th out of 68 countries; 89% positive ratings vs. 86% globally).

All the info is courtesy of internations.org

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