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320,000 Internet users
as of June, 2010; 0.3% of the population,
according to ITU.

Madagascar - officially the Republic of Madagascar, is an island nation located in the Indian Ocean off the southeastern coast of Africa. The nation comprises the island of Madagascar, which at 587,000 square kilometres (227,000 sq mi) is classified as the fourth-largest island in the world, as well as numerous smaller peripheral islands. Beginning in the early 19th century, the majority of the island was united and ruled by a series of Merina nobles (andriana) as the Kingdom of Madagascar until the island was conquered and absorbed into the French colonial empire from 1896 to 1960, when the current Republic of Madagascar became independent. Madagascar’s sources of growth are tourism, textile and light manufacturing exports (notably through the EPZs), agricultural products, and mining. Madagascar is the world’s leading producer of vanilla and accounts for about half the world’s export market. Tourism targets the niche eco-tourism market, capitalizing on Madagascar’s unique biodiversity, unspoiled natural habitats, national parks and lemur species.

Madagascar Map:
Madagascar map and basic data

Latest Population Estimate:
21,281,844 population for 2010, according to Census Bureau.

Latest GNI Estimate:
GNI per capita was US$ 412 for 2010, according to the World Bank.

Madagascar Land Size (Area):
Madagascar has 587,041 sq km - Population Density is 37 persons per sq km.

Weather in Madagascar: Weather in Antananarivo, Madagascar

Madagascar Internet Usage and Population Statistics:




% Pen.

GDP p.c.*

Usage Source




0.1 %

US$ 410





1.7 %

US$ 280





2.5 %

US$ 280





1.5 %

US$ 300





0.3 %

US$ 412


Note: Per Capita GDP in US dollars, source: United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

Madagascar Statistics
World Bank Statistics for Madagascar

Search Engines and Directories:
Madagascar Search Engines

Madagascar Open Directory


Madagascar Profile

Madagascar in the Wikipedia
Namibia history, politics, map, geography, economy,
demography, full information and links.

Madagascar in the CIA Factbook
Madagascar information about the economy, geography, government,
population, communications, military and transnational issues.

BBC Madagascar Profile
Up to date resume about Madagascar leaders, history, main events,
map, flag, geography, news, politics and media links.

Madagascar National Institute of Statistics
Madagascar official statistics portal, with useful information.

Madagascar Government Page
The Government of Madagascar portal, with useful links.

Madagascar Globalis Page
Madagascar statistics for agriculture, climate, economy, education, environment,
gender equality, health, human development, population, technology, and water.

Madagascar Telecommunications and Broadband Reports

Madagascar Convergence, Broadband and Internet Markets Report
Madagascar's exposure to the global economic crisis is amplified by political instability following a controversial change of government in early 2009. This has led to weak subscriber growth, reduced consumer spending and, as a consequence, intensified price competition between the three mobile network operators: Orange, Zain and Telma, the incumbent telco.
Read the summary and table of contents

African Mobile Broadband, Data and Mobile Media Market
This annual report offers a wealth of information on the mobile broadband and data market in 38 African countries as well as the emerging market for mobile content, applications and media on the continent. Subjects covered include Mobile data services, SMS, MMS, WAP, GPRS, EDGE, 3G mobile broadband technologies, WCDMA, HSPA, EV-DO; statistics, trends and analysis; major market players; mobile content, applications and media; Mobile TV; location-based services; M-commerce, m-payments, m-banking.
See the table of contents and report details

African Fixed and Wireless Broadband and Internet Markets Report
Large parts of Africa gained access to international fibre bandwidth for the first time via submarine cables in 2009 and 2010. In other parts of the continent, additional fibre systems have brought competition to a previously monopolised market. More cables are expected to go online in 2011. This has led to massive investments into terrestrial fibre backbone infrastructure to take the new bandwidth to population centers in the interior and across borders into landlocked countries.
See report table of contents

Internet, ICT, Broadband and Consumer E-Commerce in Madagascar

March 2011 Review

Madagascar was one of the first countries in sub-Saharan Africa to gain full Internet connectivity. Both fixed-line operators, Uganda Telecom and MTN Uganda offer a range of data services including ISDN, ADSL and local and international leased lines. Several Internet Service Providers are offering wireless broadband access. A new competition framework will liberalise VoIP Internet telephony completely, creating additional opportunities for them. The introduction of UTL’s Freenet service and a special Internet tariff countrywide have helped to increase Internet usage, as has the recent strong growth of the fixed-line networks and an explosion of the number of cybercafes.

Once referred to as the Pearl of Africa, then devastated by civil war, peace and radical economic reforms have transformed Uganda into one of the fastest-growing economies on the continent. The entry of a second national telecom operator and three mobile networks has revolutionised the telecoms sector. All market segments are experiencing strong growth, while total teledensity is still low at less than 9%. Major initiatives have been launched to bring telecommunication services and the Internet to rural areas of the country, partly funded by the highly successful operators through a universal service fund. A new competition framework has been announced which will include the licensing of a third national operator, a fourth mobile operator and the liberalisation of VoIP telephony.

The introduction of cellular telephony has revolutionised Uganda’s telecommunications industry since the first network went live in 1995, with two more following in 1998 and 2001. As early as 1999 Uganda became the first country on the continent where the number of mobile subscribers passed the number of fixed-line users, and the ratio is now more than 18:1. The market is consistently growing at around 50% p.a., while market penetration is still low at less than 9%. The recent introduction of GPRS will enable the mobile operators to play a larger role in Internet service provision, and a fourth licence for Third Generation (3G) mobile technology is being considered.

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