Opera Software has released statistics on the data consumption patterns among users of the Opera Mini, including those in India: while exact information is not available, the company says that there has been a 374.4% year-on-year increase in total number of pageviews among Opera Mini users in India.

This could be on account of more handsets that have the browser installed, as well as increase in data consumption from users: the number of pageviews per user has varied between 330 pageviews per user and 398 (June 2010), so the growth is explained by an increase in the number of unique users with the Opera Mini browser, which has increased by 346.9% since June 2009.


Interestingly, the top sports football site visited by Opera Mini users in June from India was Fifa.com. Globally, Goal.com topped the list, followed by Livescore.com

In terms of data consumption – and this will please the mobile operators reading this – data consumption per user on the Mini has been 8 MB per user for May and June 2010. This is up from 6 MB per user last September. Opera hasn’t disclosed how many Opera Mini browers were active during the month.

In all, across the globe, 59.4 million people used Opera Mini in June 2010, and 27.3 billion pages were served.

Africa Data

Additionally Opera has shared some data related to Africa, particularly on account of the FIFA World Cup:

– The top 12 countries using Opera Mini in Africa are South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Egypt, Ghana, Sudan,
Libya, Tanzania, Ivory Coast, Namibia, Mozambique and Mauritius.
– Some numbers: From June 2009 to June 2010, page views in the top 12 countries in Africa increased by 182%, unique users increased by 124%, and the amount of data transferred increased by 160%
– Growth rates in Africa: Sudan and Ghana lead the top 12 countries of the region in terms of page-view growth (4,645.6% and 916.5%, respectively). Sudan and Ghana also lead the top 12 countries of the region in growth of unique users (1,225.0% and 498.8%, respectively). Kenya leads the top 12 countries of the region in page views per user, with each user browsing 639 pages on average each month.
– Facebook, Google and YouTube all do well in Africa. Facebook is the top-ranked site in six of the twelve listed countries, and Google is ranked #1 in the remaining six countries.
– Nokia remains the most popular handset brand in Africa, followed by Sony Ericsson, Samsung, and LG.

Download Opera’s State of the Mobile Web report here.

Note: Please keep in mind that, despite being called ‘State of the Mobile Web’, it is likely that it is not. The data is indicative of data consumption on the Opera Software browsers on the mobile, and not other modes of access, of which applications and default handset browsers are a key component.