Opera Software has published average rates that users are being charged for data services on a pay-per-use basis, in its top 10 countries. India, the third largest country for Opera Mini, has the fourth lowest rates at around Rs. 6 per MB. So, taking into account that on an average, Opera Mini users consume 7 MB per month, they’re paying Rs. 42 per month if using pay-per-use plans. This could vary, of course, depending on the plan being chosen. Note that data is India is more than twice the price of data in Brazil, and data in South Africa is priced at around the same rate.
Note that Opera has since clarified that the pricing is for pay-per-use plans, hence the high price for the US. Opera has estimated that global cost of browsing is roughly $0.47 (around Rs. 20.77), and based on that figure and the amount of data transferred by Opera Mini users each month, Opera Mini users around the world save over $ 2.2 billion per month. While data in India costs lower than the global average, one does need to take into account purchasing power parity. Pricing in India, should go below Rs. 6 per MB with the launch of 3G services, as telecom operators try to find the sweet spot pricing for maximizing consumption.
Opera reports a Page-view growth of 381.6 % since September 2009, and more interestingly, a Unique-user growth since of 306.3%. Data transfer has increased 330.1% since a year ago, even as pageviews per user has declined.
There isn’t a significant change in the India leaderboard, though, songs.pk has been upstaged by wikipedia, for mobile usage, and the Nokia 7210c has upstaged the Nokia N70.
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. Also, growth may not be indicated of larger market trends since a growth could be on account of more handsets that have the Opera Mini browser installed.