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Kenya and Egypt Now Have More than a Million Monthly Users on Opera Mini

Opera is reporting that eleven new countries including Kenya and Egypt have each surpassed one million monthly Opera Mini users this year. So now there are 22 countries in total with more than one million active Opera Mini users each month. Kenya achieved the fete in June 2011, Egypt in March 2011 while SA achieved the fete in June 2009. Nigeria reached the one million monthly usage in January 2010.

On its periodic State of the Mobile Web, Opera is also reporting that more than 140 million people used Opera Mini last month, with usage growing 83 percent in the last year. As of October 2011 OperaMini usage has doubled eight times since its introduction.

“Opera Mini has gained users in every country, across 2G, 3G and 4G networks, across feature phone and smartphones,” said Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software.

Full List of Countries with more than One Million Monthly Opera Users

CountryDate reaching 1 million users
RussiaMarch 2007
IndonesiaMarch 2008
IndiaMay 2008
UkraineSeptember 2008
United StatesDecember 2008
ChinaFebruary 2009
South AfricaJune 2009
NigeriaJanuary 2010
VietnamMarch 2010
BrazilOctober 2010
BelarusDecember 2010
United KingdomJanuary 2011
MexicoMarch 2011
PhilippinesMarch 2011
KazakhstanMarch 2011
EgyptMarch 2011
TurkeyApril 2011
BangladeshApril 2011
KenyaJune 2011
PakistanJuly 2011
PolandJuly 2011
UzbekistanJuly 2011

In October 2011, Opera Mini users viewed 86 billion pages, up 107 percent year-over-year. Those page views accounted for almost 13 petabytes of data through operator networks.  Due to Opera Mini’s data-crunching compression technology, those petabytes were cut down to just 1,335 terabytes of data. Over the past 12 months, data usage has surged 121percent. For the curious user, just press “help” and choose “data savings” in your Opera Mini browser to see how much data you have saved.

Read the full report: http://www.opera.com/smw/.

Written by Robert

Robert Alai is a respected Kenyan blogger, technical evangelist, and social justice activist. Robert is known for his hard-hitting articles and opinions disseminated through his Twitter handle or Facebook page. he is the founder of KahawaTungu.

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