According to procontent.ru, ComNews Research has published a report on the mobile internet market in Russia. According to the report, revenue grew by 87% in 2008 thanks to a growth in the number of mobile Web users.
It is interesting to note that according to StatCounter, Opera Mini has a nearly 80% market share of the mobile browser market in Russia. Although browser statistics are highly unreliable, StatCounter does mirror some of the statistics for several major sites in Russia. It seems to be much more reliable than other services, such as Net Applications, which focus almost exclusively on the United States.
So while one should remain skeptical of browser statistics, it is an interesting thought that Opera might be the main driver of mobile data traffic growth in Russia!
Even in times of economic turmoil, people obviously keep browsing the Web. This is why Opera Software is doing very well financially, while other companies are struggling.
More and more mobile operators are also realizing that Opera Mini (and Opera Turbo) can help them get the most out of their current network infrastructure without costly network upgrades.