In May of 2008 we issued our first State of the Mobile Web. That first report looked at the previous first quarter of 2008. We had two highlights: one highlighting social networks on the mobile Web and one bullet chronicling the decline and fall of WAP. We also introduced the top 10 sites snapshot.
Today we are pleased to say that our State of the Mobile Web is, by almost any measure, the definitive guide to the preferences of more than 20 million mobile Web consumers. If you want to know which handsets are the most popular in the U.S., we can tell you. What social networking site is number one for mobile Web users in Nigeria? Well, that's in here too. Our report aspires to provide more data every month and this month is no exception.
We're pleased this month to give our first highlight on mobile operators' data usage. Our figures are aggregated by country, but they paint a picture of how Opera Mini drives data usage for operators in our top 10 countries.
We found some interesting facts. Opera Mini users in Ukraine consume the most mobile data in part because they view the most pages. Because we compress that data to just a fraction of its true size, we can keep the mobile Web experience fast and responsive for consumers, while reducing strain on operator networks.
Also interesting to note is that U.S. users of Opera Mini view the most data-intensive pages. This is another sure sign that consumers expect One Web. They want to view the same sites and use the same data-intensive services on the mobile Web as when they sit at their computer.
This month we also looked at the mobile Web trends in Africa, which we last profiled in our September report. Libya saw usage rise 4,155% since April 2008. Nigeria, which joined the worldwide top 10 countries this month, saw usage grow 2,353% over the past year.
Enjoy this month's report and our ever-expanding coverage of the mobile Web.
Jon S. von Tetzchner
CEO, Opera Software
In April 2009, Opera Mini had over 23.4 million users, a 1.5% increase from March 2009 and more than 140% compared to April 2008.
Opera Mini users viewed nearly 8.7 billion pages in April 2009. Since March, page views have gone up 0.7%. Since April 2008, page views have increased 249%.
In April 2009, Opera Mini users generated more than 151 million MB of data for operators worldwide. Since March, the data consumed went up by 1.4%. Data in Opera Mini is compressed up to 90%. If this data were uncompressed, Opera Mini users would have viewed up to 1.4 PB of data in April. Since April 2008, data traffic is up 295%.
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This data is an aggregate of the combined operator statistics for each country. Page Views/User, Data/User and Data/Page will vary for each individual operator.
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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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