Mauritius is the top sub-Saharan nation for digital, according to the latest Networked Readiness Index (NRI) from the World Economic Forum. The island state comes 45th out of the 143 countries surveyed — higher than Italy at 55th. Mauritius scores particularly well on affordability with the second lowest broadband costs in the world. It is the only sub-Saharan African state to make the top half of the table.

The NRI is part of the World Economic Forum’s Global Information Technology Report 2015: ICTs for Inclusive Growth and scores nations on four counts of their readiness to exploit new digital technologies: 1) the regulatory and business environment, 2) infrastructure, affordability, and skills, 3) usage by businesses, individuals and government, and 4) social and economic impact.

Here are the top 10 sub-Saharan digital nations:

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See also our Global Top 10 and league tables for Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, Latin America, and Asia.

Explore the Networked Readiness Index by using the heatmap below.

Author: Thierry Geiger, Associate Director, Economist, Global Benchmarking Network, Global Competitiveness and Risk, World Economic Forum

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