In recent years, the CIS countries have experienced rapid growth, both in economic terms and in communications infrastructure. In this report, Opera Software takes a snapshot of the mobile internet state in CIS countries, as well as trends in the region.
Users in the CIS region are increasingly running Opera browsers, including Opera for Android, Opera Mini and Opera Mobile Classic, on their smartphones. Russian Opera users seem to be on track with their conversion to smartphones. According to anonymous, aggregated data from the Opera Mini servers, Opera Mini users on smartphones have reached 30.4% of all Russian Opera Mini users, corresponding to the overall Russian market smartphone penetration rate, according to research by J'son & Partners. Belarus is the leader in Opera Mini smartphone usage in CIS countries, with a usage rate of more than 37%.
The top-ten list of devices used in these countries shows that Nokia still has a strong position in the CIS countries. However, new contenders are appearing on the scene. Samsung, and a newcomer called Fly, are beginning to make inroads in the CIS countries, with Fly’s model DS123 being the most popular mobile phone among Russian Opera Mini users.
The top list of visited domains indicates that the CIS countries have largely the same browsing tendencies as the rest of the world. When looking at mobile, social networks are right at the top of the list.
However, in CIS, Facebook is not necessarily the king of the hill. Opera Mini users in CIS have strong relationships to the regional social networks, Odnoklassniki and VKontakte. The exceptions to this trend are Azerbaijan and Armenia, where Facebook is included on the top-ten list.
In May 2013, the consumer base of the Opera Mini, Opera for Android and Opera Mobile Classic browsers had more than 254 million unique users worldwide. The Opera Mini servers (which do not process pages from users of Opera for Android and Opera Mobile Classic browsers) served more than 175 billion pages and compressed over 13 petabytes of data for Opera Mini users. In all, 34% of the total users of Opera Mini, Opera for Android and Opera Mobile Classic are using smartphones to browse the web. Compared to May 2012, the total number of Opera Mini, Opera for Android and Opera Mobile Classic users grew more than 29%, year over year.
In May 2013, there were over 254 million Opera Mini, Opera for Android and Opera Mobile users. Out of this number, more than 20 million were Opera for Android and Opera Mobile Classic users globally, and the rest were Opera Mini users. Compared to May 2012, the number of users on Opera Mini, Opera for Android and Opera Mobile Classic together grew more than 29% year over year.
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Opera Mini users viewed over 175 billion pages in May 2013. Since May 2012, page views have increased by more than 54%.
In May 2013, Opera Mini users generated over 3.4 billion MB of data for operators worldwide. Data in the Opera Mini browser is compressed by up to 90%. If this data were uncompressed, Opera Mini users would have viewed over 13 petabytes of data in May. Since May 2012, data traffic has risen by more than 71%.
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