If you have been reading these reports, you know that Russia and Ukraine always rank high on the list of countries with the most Opera Mini users. We feel this is due to several factors, chief among them being that Russia, Ukraine and the other countries in the Commonwealth of Independent States have always embraced Opera.
Several years ago, we began to notice a large percentage of our desktop users were, in fact, from Russia and the other CIS countries. Today, Opera on the desktop holds more than a 35% market share in Russia and also enjoys high penetration throughout the CIS countries. So, perhaps on one level, it is not surprising to assume Opera Mini would have similar success.
However, I believe software is only as good as the problems it solves. Opera and Opera Mini have had great success in this region because we had features that helped solve real problems--such as network speed, Internet access costs, and more--that people faced. As we solved those problems for more people, they began spreading the word.
So we felt it was time to give this fast-growing region its due. There are more Opera Mini users combined here than in any other region on the planet. These users also tend to use popular and local services such as Yandex for search, VKontakte for social networking and Mail.ru as both e-mail and content portal.
As you know, I am a big fan of our page-view numbers, as they indicate how much the service is actually used. Uzbekistan was the big winner here with more than 2600% growth in the past year.
Nokia was also a big winner, as the Finnish giant had more handsets in the top 10 devices for each country than any other manufacturer.
I enjoy seeing the mobile Web take off in every region, but as these reports have proven consistently, it succeeds for different reasons in different regions. Next month, I will be back from CTIA and look forward to seeing how the mobile Web is progressing in the United States. I wish you all continued success and hope to meet many of you and see how the mobile Web is evolving where you live.
Jon S. von Tetzchner
CEO, Opera Software
In February 2009, Opera Mini had over 20.5 million users, a 2.9% increase from January 2009 and more than 160% compared to February 2008.
Opera Mini users viewed over 7.3 billion pages in February 2009. Since January, page views have gone down 3.2%. Since February 2008, page views have increased 290%.
In February 2009, Opera Mini users generated more than 124 million MB of data for operators worldwide. Since January, the data consumed went up by 2.3%. Data in Opera Mini is compressed up to 90% on average. If this data were uncompressed, Opera Mini users would have viewed nearly 1.2 PB of data in February. Since February 2008, data traffic is up 338%.
Note: This year, February had 28 days.
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