Opera State of the Mobile Web World Cup Edition: iPhone Top in US, Nokia Top in Africa, Russia and China

28 Jul, 2010

Opera the oldest independent Mobile browser company today published it’s State of the Mobile Web Report World Cup Edition, a report that offers deeper inside into major mobile web browsing trends, this time the report focus is worldcup and Africa. In Africa Mobile phonepenetration is higher than PC penetration.

In june 2010 Opera Mini had over 59.4 million users, a 3.2% decrease from May 2010 but an increase of 124.7% since June 2009. Opera backs the slight decrease in key metrics “can be traced to certain countries where we have experienced some technical and political challenges that now are about to be solved.”

As for how many pagesviews Opera Mini users viewed the number was over 27.3 billion pages in June 2010. Since May, page views have gone down 3.4%. Since June 2009, page views have increased 161.8%.

According to the report Africa is seeing an explosive mobile browsing growth, where 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

The top 12 countries using Opera Mini in that region are South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Egypt, Ghana, Sudan, Libya, Tanzania, Ivory Coast, Namibia, Mozambique and Mauritius. 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%.

Other findings of the report:

- 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.

- iPhone is the leading handset for Opera Mobile users in USA fowled by BlackBerry 8330 (“Curve”) and then BlackBerry 9700 (“Bold”), Samsung SPH M810 (“Instinct s30”), Nokia 5130 XpressMusic ranks 9.

- Most Popular sites in USA: google, Facebook, youtube, wikipedia, yahoo, my.opera.com, accuweather.com, nytime, Twitter then Myspace.

- Russia:Nokia is the top handset first Nokia 6300 followed by Nokia 5130 XpressMusic, Nokia 5310 XpressMusic, Nokia N73, Nokia 2700c. Topsites are vkontakte.ru then yandex.ru, google comes 5th.

-China: all tops 10 handsets are Nokia starting with Nokia 5130, top sites are : kaiqi.com then baidu.com, google comes third.

-Egypt: saw Unique-user growth since June 2009: 158.5%, all top 10 handsets are Nokia, top sites are google.com, Facebook, youtube, getjar, ketomob, yahoo, yallakora 7th.

- Sudan: saw Unique-user growth since June 2009: 1,225.0%, top 10 handsets all Nokia, tops sites: google, Facebook, youtube, ketomob, gear, live.com, bbc.co.uk. my.opera.com, yahoo.com and wikipedia 10th.

- Libya’s 10 top handsets are all Nokia top 3 sites: google.com, youtune and then Facebook.

- The top sports sites visited by Opera Minin users in June 2010: goal.com then, livescore, fifa.com, m.championat.ru, m.espn.go.com

Opera also held its first Opera Mini Mobile Web World Cup. Opera used per capita mobile browsing figures to determine the match winners. The results were quite different from the real games, with Chile and Argentina advancing to the final match. Chile squeezed by Argentina by just 4.1 pages-per-user on that day to win.

More stats on the report’s page here.

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