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

Country Date reaching 1 million users
Russia March 2007
Indonesia March 2008
India May 2008
Ukraine September 2008
United States December 2008
China February 2009
South Africa June 2009
Nigeria January 2010
Vietnam March 2010
Brazil October 2010
Belarus December 2010
United Kingdom January 2011
Mexico March 2011
Philippines March 2011
Kazakhstan March 2011
Egypt March 2011
Turkey April 2011
Bangladesh April 2011
Kenya June 2011
Pakistan July 2011
Poland July 2011
Uzbekistan July 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.

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Written by Robert

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