Maputo, 30 May (AIM) – Over 22 million people in Mozambique do not have access to the Internet, according to Mozambique’s Communications Regulatory Authority (INCM).
According to the INCM Chairperson, Tuaha Mote, at the presentation of a survey on users of telecommunications services, “for the reduction in access to the internet, there are several factors involved in the low level of access to the Internet .”
“The majority of our population are women and most of them are unemployed”, he claimed. “We believe that the informal sector could also contribute to the use of information and communication technologies. The devices have to be accessible, accompanied with the affordable costs”
The survey, which was carried out in coordination with the National Statistics Institute (INE), points out that the cost of Internet access is not cheap in the country, given the low purchasing power of Mozambicans.
“The cost of living and the purchasing power of Mozambicans is low compared with other members of SADC (Southern African Development Community). However, in terms of ranking, we are the fifth country with the lowest Internet access, but that does not mean that our Internet access is cheap.”
Currently, there are about six million Mozambicans with Internet access, a factor considered positive under the Government’s Five Year Plan (PQG).