Opera has a regular research paper called State of the Mobile Web, and today they’ve published the most recent update. In addition to the top global trends and country snapshots, the report highlights trends in Africa and aggregate operator data for the top 10 countries.
The two biggest findings in this report show that Americans consume the most data intensive web pages, with BlackBerry devices being the choice platform for power users.
Global trends for Opera found in the report include:
- In April 2009, Opera Mini had over 23.4 million users, up more than 140% compared to April 2008.
- Opera Mini users viewed nearly 8.7 billion pages in April 2009. Since April 2008, page views have increased 249%.
- Last month, Opera Mini users generated more than 151 million MB of data for operators worldwide. 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. Over the previous year, data traffic is up 295%.
- Opera Mini usage in Nigeria continues to surge, pushing past Poland and taking the #9 spot.
United States snapshot:
- Page-view growth since April 2008: 129.0%
- Unique-user growth since April 2008: 11.8%
- Page-views per user: 198
Top 10 sites in the United States (# of unique users):
5. youtube.com (up from 7)
7. nytimes.com (down from 5)
Top handsets for April 2009:
1. BlackBerry 8330
2. Samsung SPH-M800
3. LG CU920
4. BlackBerry 9530
5. BlackBerry 9000
6. BlackBerry 8130
7. BlackBerry 8310
8. BlackBerry 8320
9. BlackBerry 8900
10. Samsung SPH-M540
Operator data trends:
- Customers of U.S. operators view more data-intensive pages than subscribers in any other country. The average page viewed over U.S. operator networks is approximately 32 KB compressed or almost 320 KB uncompressed.
- Operators in the Ukraine were the big winners. Their customers view 582 pages per month, on average. Ukraine operators also sport the highest data transfer per user at more than 10 MB per month compressed. This is as much as 100 MB of mobile data per user uncompressed.
The top 12 countries using Opera Mini in Africa are South Africa, Nigeria, Egypt, Kenya, Libya, Zambia, Tanzania, Cote d’Ivoire, Mozambique, Namibia, Ghana and Gabon.
From April 2008 to April 2009:
- Overall page-views in the top 12 countries listed increased 422%.
- Overall unique users in the top 12 countries listed increased 169%.
- Overall data transferred in the top 12 countries listed increased 348%.
Since the last spotlight on Africa, Nigeria jumped from #4 to #2 and Zambia jumped from #9 to #6. Mozambique, Namibia, Ghana and Gabon are new to the spotlight.
Growth rates continue to soar in Africa–especially in Libya, with 4,155% user growth since April 2008, and in Nigeria, with 2,353% user growth since April 2008.
Kenya leads the top 12 countries in page views, with each user browsing 372 pages on average each month.