MTN Opera Mini users up by 1665%

MOBILE

|
Image: By BiztechAfrica
MTN Opera Mini users up by 1665%

A special version of the Opera Mini mobile web browser, launched by MTN and Opera Software last year to MTN’s subscribers, has been met with great enthusiasm by MTN customers across the 15 markets where it’s currently available. This is according to Opera Software, which says in a statement that in a mere twelve months, MTN subscribers have increased their use of Opera Mini by 1665%.

Opera Mini has seen a phenomenal uptake since launch, with customers in South Africa, Ghana, Uganda, Ivory Coast, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Cameroon, Cyprus, Liberia, Congo, Sudan, Rwanda, Liberia, Zambia and Benin showing a healthy appetite for the smart tool. As of January 2012, MTN customers in Zambia averaged 772 webpages each per month through Opera Mini – which is more than any other MTN market in Africa.

“Opera Mini has made my life much easier because it is fast and works across the country,” says Variety Marewa, a Rwandan entrepreneur. “I can check web mail, keep in touch and informed at less than 85% of what it used to cost me.”

The introduction of customized versions of Opera Mini strengthens MTN’s small-screen strategy to take customers’ mobile web experience to the next level.

“This growth is awesome,” says Lars Boilesen, CEO of Opera Software. “Nigeria is particularly exciting for us; it now ranks fourth in the world among Opera Mini users. In January, our Nigerian MTN Opera Mini users alone accessed more than 766 million pages equaling 11.4 terabytes of data, which is compressed by up to 90% through our Opera servers. That’s a whole lot of love for the mobile web and, given the websites Nigerians visit most frequently, participation on a global level is something they value.”

Opera reports that Nigerians are most likely to visit global sites like Google, Facebook and BBC News on their phones, followed by local ones, with a soccer site being tremendously popular.



Share the News

Get Daily Newsletter

comments powered by Disqus

MORE MOBILE NEWS

Chris wins Ghana Vodafone Icons 2014 in grand style

The auditorium of Ghana’s national theatre came to a standstill on Wednesday night as the master of ceremonies for the occasion announced Chris as the  overall winner of the 2014 Vodafone Icon contest. Read More

Airtel Ghana sweeps PR Excellence Awards

Maame Dufie Cudjoe, Kwame Gyan, Hannah Agbozo, Edward Sasu Appiah, Lucy Quist and Donald Gwira Airtel Ghana, Telecommunications giant and winner of CIMG Marketing Oriented Company of the Year, has won five awards at the 2014 Institute of Public Relations Excellence Awards.  Read More

Who wins Vodafone Icons 2014?

Come Wednesday, the final five Vodafone Icons contestants will battle it out and trill music fans to their wonderful compositions to climax this year’s Remix Edition of Vodafone Icons at the National Theatre.  Read More

Alliance for Affordable Internet welcomes Ghanaian moves to cut mobile phone taxes

The Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) has welcomed Ghana’s commitment to scrap hefty import duties on smartphones.  Read More

VMware Study: Businesses can Take Three Weeks to get Employees Mobile-Ready

EMEA businesses say concerns over trust, ownership and delivery capability may hold back taking advantage of the mobile cloud-era. Read More

Satellite-powered tablet to use Newtec technology for e-learning

Satellite solution provider Yazmi has announced a new e-learning scheme using the first satellite-enabled tablet, called Odyssey, and Newtec's multicast technology to deliver content via satellite to rural, remote and low income regions in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Read More

TECNO to launch sub-$30 smartphone next year

Device manufacturer TECNO Mobile is planning to launch a smartphone next year that will cost less than US$30, as it looks to remove the barriers to smartphone ownership in Africa. Read More

Airtel, Facebook to bring Internet.org mobile app to Kenya

Airtel has announced a partnership with Facebook to offer the Internet.org app to its prepaid and post-paid customers in Kenya beginning later this week.  Read More

80% interest in “right person, right message, right moment” mobile marketing

New research reveals that although 80% of respondents feel annoyed when receiving unsolicited messages, the same proportion could be won back by operators and brands if they implemented best practices to improve customer engagement. Read More

Airtel Ghana MD urges youth: ‘strive for excellence’

The Managing Director of Airtel Ghana, Lucy Quist, has called on all to blaze their own trail through persistence in the pursuit of their dreams. Read More

PRESS OFFICES

Sage ERP AfricaSAP AfricaSage Pastel AccountingTrust PayVMWareSamsung ElectronicsMitsumi DistributionPhoenix DistributionMTN BusinessSchneider ElectricMultichoice

FEATURED STORY

GSMA: half a billion mobile subscribers in SSA by 2020GSMA: half a billion mobile subscribers in SSA by 2020

The number of unique mobile subscribers in Sub-Saharan Africa will pass the half billion mark in 2020, says a new GSMA report.

IN DEPTH

Africa lags on digital migration Africa lags on digital migration

Only three African countries have so far completed the digital migration process, and serious issues are hampering the migration in other nations.