This month, Opera’s State of the Mobile Web Report examines Africa. A clickable map provides a concise guide to more than 1000 data points, including top sites, handsets, mobile penetration and other metrics for 53 total countries.The analysis includes several top-line findings, including:
- 25 out of 53 countries (47%) have international news sites as the most popular news source. Countries include Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone, Egypt, Libya and Côte d’Ivoire. 18 of those 25 countries turn to the BBC as the most-used source.
- 36 countries more than doubled their Opera Mini user bases in one year.
- The mobile web has made a comeback in Libya. In the year since the revolution, Libya has grown the most in every category of Opera Mini usage, including users, page views and data consumption.
- Côte d’Ivoire also showed spectacular growth. The number of Opera Mini users rose 600% in one year. Page views grew 744%, meaning people are browsing more pages than they did the year before. Data use grew 760%, outpacing the growth in page views.
- Across Africa, data growth seems to outpace page-view growth. This fact suggests that Africans are browsing larger pages and most likely, using richer, more advanced websites.
“Two hundred million people use Opera Mini and Opera Mobile to connect to the world around them,” said Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera. “For many of them, a browser is more than a tool to ‘browse the web’. Sometimes it’s a school when you can afford none, sometimes it’s the only line to an outside world shut off by an oppressive regime. Providing a service that reliably and cheaply delivers critical information to just about everyone with a phone is the reason Opera makes browsers. We want to make a difference in the world, not only on the web.”