A listing by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has ranked Zimbabwe as the second most dynamic ICT nation in the world, just behind Ghana, though the country’s government have yet to put policies in place to fully support it.
The ITU report said Zimbabwe registered significant increases in the number of Internet users and in mobile-broadband penetration.
Zimbabwe recorded a change of 19 percent compared to last year.
Yet, according to a recent research report by the South African Cyber Threat Barometer (SACTB), Zimbabwe’s ICT sector faces a lack of proper cyber threat initiatives even as it makes huge advancement within the sector.
Craig Rosewarne, Managing Director of Wolfpack Information Risk (Pty), commented that with the rise of the Internet as a platform to share information and conduct business online, ICT sectors are at a greater vulnerability.
ITU’s global index also listed Brazil, Saudi Arabia and Fiji on 13 percent, 13 percent and 14 percent change respectively. The countries that ranked lowest globally were from Africa, including Niger, Chad, Central African Republic, Eritrea, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Liberia, Mozambique, DRC and Guinea.
Zimbabwe leapt three places from last year’s ranking of 118, and nine in Sub-Saharan Africa, with significant performance from Seychelles, Mauritius, South Africa, Cape Verde, Botswana, Namibia, and Gabon.
Ghana, which beat Zimbabwe in ITU’s ranks, moved four places up from 121, appearing in the top 10 list with the most ‘dynamic change’ in the absolute change in IDI and the most dynamic change in IDI ranking overall.