Opera Releases Its Latest “State Of The Mobile Web”

Last month, Opera released its findings and statistics related to its view of the mobile Web and stated that Opera Mini users had reached a milestone– 10 billion mobile pageviews in the month of June.

Yesterday, Opera released its “State of the mobile Web” for July and, among other interesting tidbits, stated that its users visited over 12 billion pages, a 15 percent jump over June, representing an even larger milestone for the mobile browser.

The report highlighted the large growth in the Middle East when it comes to mobile Web consumption, stating that in Iran, for example, there were more Opera Mini downloads in July than there were unique users in June, but Iran showed only a 32% growth in unique users from June to July.  Furthermore, between July 2008 and July 2009, the number of unique users in Iran actually decreased by 22.4%, whereas the only other decreases were seen in Saudi Arabia and Israel (under 10% each).

Despite the decrease, Iran is still at the top of the list for the Middle East.  Page-views per user in Iran went up from 119 to 188 between July 2008 and July 2009.  In addition, the report also states that Google is by far the dominant search engine in all of the Middle East, and that Facebook is the reigning social network everywhere in the Middle East except for Saudi Arabia where Friendster is dominant.

As for Opera growth overall, the browser had nearly 29.1 million users in July 2009, a 9.9% increase from June 2009 and more than 145% compared to July 2008.  As for data consumption, Opera Mini users generated nearly 187 million MB of data for operators worldwide in July.  Since June, the data consumed went up by 11%.  Data in Opera Mini is compressed up to 90%. If this data were uncompressed, Opera Mini users would have viewed over 1.7 PB of data in July.  Since July 2008, data traffic is up 223%.

While this in only a snapshot of a broader picture when it comes to mobile Web consumption, it’s still interesting to see the raw numbers.  It would be nice if other browsers would take the time to release it’s usage data as well so we could have a decent comparison.