Equatorial Guinea

Population

778,358

Population 0‑14

39.8%

Internet Users

20.3%

Facebook Users

52,000

Mobile Subscribers

740,300
* Statistics provided by CIA.gov, Internet World Stats and GSMA Intellligence

2012 - France Telecom-Orange and the other members of the Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) consortium announced that the 12,000km long ACE fiber optical submarine cable was now operational for the first phase, connecting thirteen West African countries from France to Sao Tomé & Principe. Equatorial Guinea is one of seven countries that now benefit for the first time from direct access to the international broadband network, allowing national operators to develop innovative services that will contribute to economic and social development.

2014 - Equatorial Guinea’s top level .GQ domain relaunched with free availability in a joint venture by the domain register Freenom, Orange Group and GETESA, the country’s largest telecom operator. The hope is that the new access to top level domain will stimulate business and the economy by empowering Internet users to build an online identity at no cost.

2015 - The government of Equatorial Guinea partnered with Microsoft to computerize the public administration of the company, as part of the goals set forth by the Horizon 2020 Development Plan.

2012 - President S. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo launched TICGE (Information Technology and Communication in Equatorial Guinea). This initiative created the National Broadcasting Plan for ICT e-Learning, which aims to train people in the use of new technologies and in areas such as education, health and literacy and positively promote online training. Designed to bridge the digital divide, multimedia centers have been established in Malabo and Bata, allowing the public to access computers and the Internet and providing basic training. It is envisaged to improve Internet access across the country and bring Equatorial Guinea’s user rates up to par with other African countries.

INTERPOL

INTERPOL is the world’s largest international police organization, with 190 member countries. Its mission is to enable police forces to collaborate globally to fight crime in the Internet age. Three areas of focus are crimes against children (with a focus on internet crimes and travelling sex offenders), cybercrime and human trafficking.

ITU Development Sector, Africa

ITU-D fosters international cooperation and solidarity in the delivery of technical assistance and in the creation, development and improvement of telecommunication and ICT equipment and networks in developing countries.

TICGE (Information Technology and Communication in Equatorial Guinea)

An initiative of President S.E. Obiang Ngeuma Mbasogo, TICGE has created a National Broadcasting Plan for ICT e-Learning, which aims to positively promote digital skills and offers public access to the Internet through the creation of multimedia centers. There are currently two centers in the country’s provincial capitals, Malabo and Bata.

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Education in Sub-Saharan Africa (2015)

Peter Wallet

This document presents the current status of the Information and communication technologies in Education in the Sub-Saharan region.

A very small percentage of the local population has access to the Internet, and cyber criminals are generally not known to operate from Equatorial Guinea.

The Penal Code currently in place is the 1967 Spanish Penal Code, which has been in effect since the country’s independence in 1968 and can be viewed here.