Another month has come and gone, and we welcome another State of the Mobile Web report. This month, we take a look at Africa, where mobile penetration and the mobile Web are exploding. And, although we planned this snapshot several months ago, serendipity struck: usage in Egypt has skyrocketed over the intervening months and nudged the country ahead of Germany for the 10th spot in our top countries list.
However, Egypt is not the only country in Africa where we have seen incredible growth rates. All across the continent, usage of Opera Mini and the mobile Web is up 180% from January 2008.
Beyond the numbers and the gaudy percentages, we see how quickly the landscape of mobile communication is changing. High mobile-penetration rates compared to low PC-penetration rates indicate mobile will be the platform for the Web in the future, and with the Web comes the opportunity for easy and equitable access to information.
From our perspective, we feel a deep responsibility to make the Web a reality for anyone. This central value dates back to our founding. In fact, our original tag line was "Internet for all." We hope that Opera Mini will continue to make the Web and, with it, the boundless opportunities to discover, share and communicate, available and affordable to millions more.
Jon S. von Tetzchner
CEO, Opera Software
In September, Opera Mini was used by approximately 19 million users, a 10.1% month-on-month increase from August 2008 and more than 341% compared to September 2007.
Opera Mini users viewed more than 4.5 billion pages in September. Each person using Opera Mini viewed approximately 238 pages on average. Since August, page views have gone up 8.6%. Since September 2007, this number is up 420%.
In September, 19 million Opera Mini users generated more than 65.2 million MB of data for operators worldwide. Since August, the data consumed went up by 8%. Data in Opera Mini is compressed by 90% on average. If this data were uncompressed, Opera Mini users would have viewed more than 652 million MB of data in September. Since September 2007, data traffic is up almost 558%.
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In Africa, a mobile phone is a critical communications tool. According to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Africa's mobile phone industry is growing at nearly double the global rate. At the same time, PC-penetration rates remain low and the initial costs high. These factors make the mobile phone Africa's optimum tool to access the Web, so we decided to take a deeper look at Africa's mobile Web industry. We examine the top countries, top sites, top handsets and some other interesting highlights.
For more information about the State of the Mobile Web report, please contact Pål Unanue-Zahl palu[at]opera.com, +47 2369 2400.
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