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Opera reports explosion in mobile browser use

Opera Mini use almost doubles in a year

Browser maker Opera reports that use of its mobile browser has almost doubled since the same time last year.

The company adds that, in Nigeria, South Africa, and Indonesia, nine out of ten (90 percent) of 18 to 27 years olds use their mobile phone browser more than a desktop browser on a PC when surfing the web.

According to the browser developers's State of the Mobile Web report for October, users of Opera Mini, the developer's mobile browser, increased by 7.1 percent from September this year to 76.3 million. That's a 92 percent rise on the number of users in the same month last year.

Furthermore, over 41.6 billion pages were viewed on the browser in October 2010, which is 12.6 percent up on the page views in September 2010. Opera also said over 616 million MB of data has been downloaded via Opera Mini in October, an increase of 15.1 percent since the previous month.

Opera Mini features the developer's Turbo function to creass data by up to 90 percent. If this data were uncompressed, Opera said the data downloaded in October would have totalled 5.7 petabytes.

"We have often said that the next generation will grow up knowing the web mostly through their mobile phones," said Jon von Tetzchner, co-founder of Opera.

"The mobile web will bring a profound change in how we connect with one another. I think the results from this survey already show that change taking place."

See also: Opera Mobile 10.1 launched for Android

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