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Physical Connectivity

The Physical Connectivity Cluster supports best practice in digital infrastructure.
Inclusion - Members of the cluster are exploring approaches to sustainable investment in digital Infrastructure which would support economic inclusion.
Efficiency - The Physical Connectivity Cluster is exploring ways to support efficiency in digital infrastructure.
Digital divide - The Cluster is examining ways in which access and affordability of digital infrastructure can narrow the digital divide.

Member countries

  • Australia
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Botswana
  • Gambia, The
  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Mauritius
  • Nauru
  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Papua New Guinea
  • South Africa
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Uganda
  • United Kingdom
  • Zambia

Quick facts

  • Internet access

    On average, 90 per cent of the population in low-income Commonwealth countries is covered by a mobile-cellular network, but only 16 per cent of the population in these countries has access to the internet. The average proportion of households in Commonwealth low-income countries with access to computers and the internet is between 5-10 per cent.

  • International bandwidth

    On average, 63 per cent of the population in low-income Commonwealth countries is covered by at least a 3G network, but the international bandwidth per internet user is roughly 40 times lower compared to Commonwealth high-income countries.

  • Mobile internet connectivity

    According to the 2019 GSMA Mobile Connectivity Index (MCI), Australia ranked as the top country in the world, with a MCI score of 88.4. Singapore ranks second with a MCI score of 86.6 and New Zealand is third in the world with a MCI score of 85.2.