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Connectivity Data and Reports

Inspired by Sindre Sorhus's awesome list of awesome lists

A list of connectivity indexes, maps, and reports to help you better under who has access to communication infrastructure and on what terms. All info in the public domain.

More on connectivity on my website or on twitter.


Global Connectivity Indexes

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  • ITU Measuring digital development: Contains a snapshot of the most important ICT indicators, including estimates for the current year. (2021) (2020)
  • Network Readiness Index - (2021)(2020) (2019) Network Readiness Index covering 121 economies from Portulans Institute
  • GSMA Mobile Connectivity Index - (2019) Measures countries against four enablers of mobile internet adoption: Infrastructure, Affordability, Consumer Readiness and Content.
  • A4AI Affordability Drivers Index - (2021)(2020) - Index of internet affordability by the Alliance for Affordable Internet Access (A4AI).
  • A4AI Mobile Broadband Data Costs - (2020)(Q4 2018) (2017) Price of Broadband Data (1GB mobile prepaid) as % of GNI per capita.
  • Facebook/EIU Inclusive Internet Index - (2021) Index measuring internet connectivity against Availability, Affordability, Relevance and Readiness.
  • Huawei Global Connectivity Index - (2020) Snapshot of 50 nations’ "Digital Transformation" status measured against Supply, Demand, Experience and Potential.
  • Cisco Visual Networking Index - Forecast and Trends, 2017–2022 White Paper.
  • ITU Broadband Atlas - (2010) Interactive infographic tool showcasing the status of broadband deployment worldwide and the regulatory landscape for broadband.
  • InternetLiveStats - (2016) Internet Users by Country, interpolated from ITU, United Nations Population Division, Internet & Mobile Association of India (IAMAI), and World Bank data.
  • Internet World Stats - Internet users compiled from Nielsen and ITU statistics.
  • ITU ICT Development Index - (2017) Composite index based on three pillars, ICT Access, ICT Use, and ICT Skills.
  • World Economic Forum - Networked Readiness Index - (2016).
  • UN E-Government Knowledge Database - (2016).
  • BCG e-Intensity Index - (2015) Index developed by Boston Consulting Group looking at the maturity of 85 Internet economies based on three vectors: Enablement, Engagement, and Expenditure.
  • Speedtest Global Index - (2022) Index of mobile and fixed broadband speeds from around the world on a monthly basis.
  •'s Worldwide Broadband Price Comparison - (2021) (2019) (2018) Index of broadband costs around the world based on fixed line/wireless access.

Connectivity Maps

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Periodic Global Connectivity Reports

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Regional Connectivity Reports and Data

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  • e-Conomy Africa 2020: Africa’s $180 Billion Internet Economy Future - IFC/Google sponsored report on Africa's internet economy
  • GSMA Mobile Economy - West Africa (2019) (2018)
  • GSMA Mobile Economy - Sub-Saharan Africa (2021) (2020) (2018)
  • GSMA Mobile Economy - Latin America (2021)
  • GSMA Mobile Economy - Asia Pacific (2021) 2020
  • GSMA Mobile Economy - Africa 2016
  • African Telecommunications Infrastructure Development - 2014-2021
  • RIA Africa Mobile Pricing (RAMP) Indices Portal - (Q4 2021) - Pricing information on Voice/SMS basket, 1GB data basket, and Value For Money bundles.
  • Opera - State of the Mobile Web Africa - (2019) (2016).
  • Ericsson Mobility Report - Sub-Saharan Africa - (2015)
  • Open Signal - State of Mobile Networks Reports - Report covers a potpourri of countries based on OpenSignal data gathering.
  • Lions go digital: The Internet’s transformative potential in Africa - (2013) Report by global consulting firm McKinsey on the potential impact of the Internet in Africa.

Other sources

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