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The latest State of the Mobile Web report, published by mobile web browser client developers Opera, reveals that mobile web usage in the UK has grown by nearly 50 percent over the last year.

The report also tries to make sense of other global trends as they impact upon mobile web usage, including:

  • In April 2009, Opera Mini had over 23.4 million users, up more than 140 percent compared to April 2008.
  • Opera Mini users viewed nearly 8.7 billion pages in April 2009. Since April 2008, page views have increased 249 percent.
  • Last month, Opera Mini users generated more than 151 million MB of data for operators worldwide. Data in Opera Mini is compressed up to 90 percent. If this data were uncompressed, Opera Mini users would have viewed up to 1.4 PB of data in April. Over the previous year, data traffic is up 295 percent.
  • Opera Mini usage in Nigeria continues to surge, pushing past Poland and taking the number 9 spot.
  • Customers of U.S. operators view more data-intensive pages than subscribers in any other country. The average page viewed over U.S. operator networks is approximately 32 KB compressed or almost 320 KB uncompressed.
  • Operators in the Ukraine were the big winners. Their customers view 582 pages per month, on average. Ukraine operators also sport the highest data transfer per user at more than 10 MB per month compressed. This is as much as 100 MB of mobile data per user uncompressed.
  • As far as the United Kingdom is concerned, page-view growth since April 2008 is 113.6 percent and unique-user growth 48.1 percent.

The top 10 sites in the United Kingdom, measured by number of unique mobile web users, are:

  1. google.com
  2. facebook.com
  3. yahoo.com
  4. bbc.co.uk
  5. live.com
  6. wikipedia.org
  7. bebo.com
  8. youtube.com
  9. hotmail.com
  10. my.opera.com

The top mobile web browsing Opera supporting handsets for April 2009 are:

  1. LG KC910
  2. Nokia 6300
  3. LG KE970
  4. Samsung SGH-G600
  5. Sony Ericsson W910i
  6. Nokia 6500s
  7. Sony Ericsson K800i
  8. Nokia 6600s
  9. Nokia N95
  10. Sony Ericsson W810i
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