Mobile Web in India grows 308% –Micromax one of the most popular mobiles to access Internet


Mobile Internet is growing in India and that too at a very hectic pace – Given the sheer volume of Mobile Subscribers in India, its no surprise that consumers accessing Internet over the mobile far outnumber those accessing through regular computers.


According to the recent report – State of Mobile Web – released by Opera Software suggests that Mobile web has grown by over 308% this march compared to last year. India is also the 2nd fastest growing Mobile web market after Brazil which clocked over 700% growth.


Popular Mobile Web Browsers in India

Mobile WEb browser

These numbers are based on mobile subscribers accessing internet through Opera mobile browser only – but given that Opera Mini is the most popular browser on Mobile, the numbers give a fair idea of the Mobile internet growth.

Highlights of SMW report

  • Page-view growth since March 2010: 308.2 %
  • Unique-user growth since March 2010: 231.9 %
  • Data transfer growth since March 2010: 254.1 %
  • Page views per user: 442
  • Data transferred per user (MB): 7
  • Data transferred per page view (KB): 17

Top 10 Mobile sites in India


Top Mobile handsets for March 2011

  1. Nokia 2690
  2. Nokia 5130 XpressMusic
  3. Nokia 2700c
  4. Nokia 2730c
  5. Nokia X2
  6. Nokia 3110c
  7. Nokia 7210 Supernova
  8. Micromax Q5
  9. Nokia N70
  10. Nokia 6300

We have been publishing Opera numbers for close to 3 years now and in all the reports that have been published, there has been one thing in common – Nokia has completely dominated the list of top mobile handsets (to access Internet in India). However, for the first time in last 3 years, a brand other than Nokia has appeared in the list – And it is Micromax.

This change shows 2 things – Indian brands like Micromax are now in the big league and Nokia’s total dominance is getting eroded. Although, I expected the latter to happen, seeing Micromax is a bit of surprise. I had expected likes of Samsung or LG to show up. One thing for sure, progressively we will start seeing other brands replacing Nokia going forward !

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