Experts all have some date when they claim the mobile Web will overtake the PC web — we’re watching that transition now. But rather than think of numbers, we think of people.
Opera Software ships two products for mobile browsing: the light-weight Opera Mini browser and the full-featured Opera Mobile browser. Today, we celebrate that, each month more than a hundred million people all over the world use these two products to gain knowledge, share their stories and be entertained. In addition, more than 50 million people use Opera browser on their computers.
100 million is the beginning of a new era for the Web. In the next few years, hundreds of millions of people will take their first baby steps online. They will make their voices heard across their country, and around the world. They will not only discover new ideas, but contribute their own. We defend those voices, and celebrate those ideas. It is why we believe access to the Web is a universal right, and no device is more universal than a mobile phone.
Jon von Tetzchner,
Co-founder, Opera Software
In this month’s State of the Mobile Web report, we are highlighting a major milestone in the growth of the mobile Web. When we combine the number of people who used the Opera Mini browser (90.36 million) in January with the approximate number of Opera Mobile (15 million) users in January, we get over 100 million people who are using Opera browsers on their handsets. That number only includes people who have downloaded the public version of the Opera Mini browser; it does not include people who use Opera Mini instances that are preinstalled on phones by operators. As such, 100 million is actually an underestimate, but we are not concerned, as that number will be eclipsed shortly. Opera Mini’s increasing growth rate over the last five years has been nothing short of astounding, and our expectations are high for 2011 and beyond.
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Consider these numbers:
Based on that growth trend, we think there is legitimate cause to say that mobile web browsing is the wave of the future, a future we are helping to create via our mission of providing the best Internet experience on all devices.
The Opera Mini browser saw significant increases in all three categories of growth in January 2011: unique users, pages viewed and data consumed. In all, 90.3 million people used the Opera Mini browser in January, 52.3 billion pages were served and 7.4 petabytes of operator data were compressed for Opera Mini users.
In January 2011, the Opera Mini browser had over 90.3 million users, a 5.6% increase from December 2010. Since January 2010, the number of unique users has increased 81.6%.
Opera Mini users viewed over 52.3 billion pages in January 2011. Since December, page views have gone up 12.1%. Since January 2010, page views have increased 124.2%.
In January 2011, Opera Mini users generated over 804 million MB of data for operators worldwide. Since December, the data consumed went up by 13.8%. Data in the Opera Mini browser is compressed by up to 90%. If this data were uncompressed, Opera Mini users would have viewed over 7.4 petabytes of data in January. Since January 2010, data traffic is up 138.5%.
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Vietnam passed Nigeria in terms of total Opera Mini users in the month of January. Egypt, Kenya and Bangladesh all went up in the ranking of top 20 countries.
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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