The African continent is rapidly changing. In the next two years 2 billion dollars will bring 12 terabits of connectivity to the continent. Will africa become the world's newest outsourcing hub? Will it foster it's own tech and startup culture? The image above explores the 'infostate' of Africa in 2009.
There’s a ton of visual information piled into this piece to look at everything in more detail, check out this flickrset. Here’s some of the highlights: 1.) Population of each country, each countries two digit ccTLD (country code top-level domain) and the countries that rank in the top of the continent’s internet usage. 2.) The World Economic Forum’s Network Readiness Index Ranking is used to show which countries are the most attractive to telecom operators and investors. 3.) An overview of the various submarine cable projects. 4.) The capacity of each of those cables as well as the cost and estimated arrival dates. 5.) A spectral graph that proportionately details the penetration of internet in countries across the continent. 6.) This concentric circle graph proportionately indicates the strongest economies of Africa.
Due to a number of email requests, this graphic is available as a high-quality poster in various sizes here. It can be shipped internationally and for African buyers who can’t use paypal, Western Union or Bank Transfer is accepted. Just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. It's a great image to have around if your a market research group, a n educational institution or an NGO.