The mobile web in Africa is on a steep growth path, with page views in the continent’s top 10 countries increasing by 187% between June 2010 and June 2011. During the same period, unique users increased by 184% and data transferred increased by 199%.
These are some of the numbers from Opera Software’s “State of the Mobile Web Report” focusing on Africa.
In terms of growth, Zimbabwe and Morocco lead the top 10 countries of the region in terms of page-view growth (4 964,8 % and 1 598,4 %, respectively). Zimbabwe and Ethiopia lead the top 10 countries of the region in growth of unique users (4 483,3 % and 989,5 %, respectively). Zimbabwe and Morocco lead the top 10 countries of the region in growth of data transferred (3 449,7 % and 1 385,9 %, respectively). Zimbabwe leads the top 10 countries of the region in page views per user, with each user browsing 713 pages on average each month.
The most popular sites in Africa include Facebook, Google, YouTube, Yahoo and Wikipedia.
Nokia is still the most popular handset being used in the top 10 African countries: Out of the 100 total handsets listed, 89 of them were Nokia, seven were Samsung, one was a Sony Ericsson, one was an Alcatel, one was an Apple and one was an LG.
The top 10 countries using the Opera Mini browser in this region are Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Zambia and Morocco.