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Opera Mini saves Rs 2 bn on mobile internet

According to a report by Opera Software, Indian users of the Opera Mini mobile browsers used 75% less mobile data in the first half of the year

BestMediaInfo Bureau | Delhi | September 15, 2014

Opera-MiniThanks to Opera’s advanced compression technology, Indian users of the Opera Mini mobile browsers used 75 per cent less mobile data in the first half of the year, according to a report by Opera Software. This is the equivalent of a monthly nationwide saving of Rs 350 million, adding up to a whopping saving of Rs 2.1 billion in the first six months of 2014.

Opera Mini users on Java-based phones saved an average of 81 per cent in mobile data each month, while smartphone users saved about 69 per cent, the report has disclosed. Among smartphone users, those on Android phones clocked an average of 68.5 per cent savings per month, while iOS users saved about 62 per cent.

The report is based on aggregated information obtained from the Opera Mini servers.

Opera Mini is compatible with over 3,000 mobile devices, ranging from basic Java phones to the latest Android and iOS smartphones. This makes it highly popular in the Indian mobile market, which has a healthy mix of consumers using a large variety of handsets. India is also home to the largest number of Opera Mini users in the world.

These substantial savings were achieved because of Opera Mini’s advanced compression technology which shrinks webpages down to as little as 10 per cent of their original size, reducing data consumption by up to 90 per cent. The data compression also helps render webpages faster, even while roaming, or in places with poor network conditions, making Opera Mini a great companion while on the go.

Investing in good technology helps users save money. In the case of Opera Mini, the technology is simply free. Users of the browsing app need only do what they do every day – surf the web with their mobile phones – and Opera Mini will save them money.

“We understand how precious mobile data is for Indian consumers, and that’s why our servers work very hard to shrink every bit of data possible for Opera Mini users. It’s indeed gratifying to see that this translates into such gigantic savings for our Indian users. This is, however, only the tip of the iceberg. We are confident Opera Mini can help Indians save billions more,” said Sunil Kamath, Vice-President for Southern Asia at Opera Software.

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