Digital well-being: Algeria in the African top 10, but…

The digitization represents an issue of the utmost importance in today’s world. Thanks to the internet and digital tools, tasks that a few years ago required hours of manual work can now be done with a simple click.

However, while in developed countries digitization is the norm, in other parts of the world, especially in Africainternet technology is still struggling to become part of people’s daily lives.

In Algeriadespite numerous shortcomings, significant progress have been recorded in recent years in terms of digitization. We can cite, for example, the progress of the mobile Internet, the digitization of the administration, the launch of numerous digital platforms for the benefit of citizens, etc.

To get a better idea of ​​the extent of this progress and to know where Algeria stands in relation to other African countries and the rest of the world, we consulted the 2021 Digital Wellbeing Index (Digital Quality of Life Index) from the Dutch cybersecurity company, Surf Shark.

Introducing the Digital Wellbeing Index (DQL)

Surf Shark is a cybersecurity company based in the Netherlands. Every year, since 2019, it has published a detailed report on digital well-being around the world called “Digital Quality of Life Index”. The result is a global ranking of the most and least digitized countries.

Digital Wellbeing Index, world top 10 (click to enlarge).

The 2021 edition of the DQL analyzes the digital quality of life in a total of 110 countries. The study takes into account five fundamental criteria: (1) Internet accessibility; (2) internet quality; (3) digital infrastructure; (4) cybersecurity; (5) e-government. These five criteria are broken down into 14 indicators.

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– Internet affordability is measured by the working time required to afford a basic subscription.
– Internet quality measures the speed and stability of the internet connection, as well as its degree of improvement.
– Digital infrastructure determines the degree of development and integration of the country’s electronic infrastructure.
– Cybersecurity assesses the feeling of security of Internet users. Electronic security informs about the country’s ability to fight cybercrime and its commitment to protecting the privacy of its population.
– The government highlights the extent to which public services in a given country are digitized. A digitized administration makes it possible to reduce bureaucracy, limit corruption and increase the transparency of the public sector. It also improves people’s quality of life by saving time.

Top 10 countries in Africa in the 2021 Digital Wellbeing Index

So let’s find out the list of the 10 African countries that have the best Digital Wellbeing Index (DQL) 2021. We’ll see if Algeria is in it and, if so, what place it occupies.

1. South Africa: 1er in Africa and 68e in the world.
2. Mauritius: 2e in Africa and 74e in the world.
3.Kenya: 3e in Africa and 79e in the world.
4. Tunisia: 4e in Africa and 80e in the world.
5. Nigeria: 5e in Africa and 82e in the world.
6. Morocco: 6e in Africa and 84e in the world.
7. Algeria: 7e in Africa and 86e in the world.
8. Ghana: 8e in Africa and 89e in the world.
9. Senegal: 9e in Africa and 92e in the world.
10. Ivory Coast: 10e in Africa and 93e in the world.

Digital Wellbeing Index, African top 10 (click to enlarge).

Note that no country in this African top 10 for digital quality of life is in the global top 50. Moreover, in the list of the ten countries in the world with the highest digital quality of life index, we find, unsurprisingly, a majority of Western and Asian nations.

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The countries that make up the world’s top 10 are: Denmark, South Korea, Finland, Israel, United States, Singapore, France, Switzerland, Germany and the United Kingdom. The first Arab country in the ranking is Qatar which is at 33e world rank (see full ranking HERE).

Algeria’s score in detail

With a Numerical Well-Being Index of 0.43 (on a scale of 1), Algeria thus ranks 7e African rank and the 86e global. Compared to the DQL 2020, our country fell two places (see the full report HERE).

In more detail, here is Algeria’s world ranking on each of the 5 DQL criteria (out of 100 countries):

– Internet affordability: 85e/0.02;
– Internet quality: 27e/0.61
– Digital infrastructure: 95e/0.50
– Cybersecurity:
74e/0.68
– E-government: 108e/0.33

Top 10 African internet quality (click to enlarge).

With regard to the criteria in which Algeria achieves the best performance, it is improvement mobile internet speed and growth of broadband speed where our country occupies the 1er world rank in 2021.

But this 1D place is certainly explained by the enormous delay which Algeria accuses in the matter. Because in absolute value, concerning mobile internet speedit occupies the 110e (and last place) of the rank ; regarding the broadband connection speedshe arrives at 108e world rank.

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Finally, the Post and Electronic Communications Regulatory Authority (ARPCE) indicated in its latest report that Algeria has, in 2e quarter of 2022, a total of 47.25 million fixed (ADSL, FTTH and 4G LTE/Wimax) and mobile (3G and 4G) Internet subscribers. During the same period of 2021, this number was 43.92 million. This is therefore an increase of 7.58%.

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