We have been tracking mobile internet trends for Nigeria for years. It is something that I am personally passionate about. Well, today I present some snippets of information from the guys at Opera and Royal Pingdom to help buttress much of what we have observed and stood by here at Mobility Nigeria.
According to the results of a survey conducted by Opera (from the Opera State of the Mobile Web report), 90 percent (%) of Nigerian internet users between the ages of 18-27 said they use their mobile phones more than desktop or laptop computers to access the Internet. Nothing new to us there.
The guys at Royal Pingdom (using statistics from StatCounter) say that over 25% of internet traffic from Nigeria is mobile. That’s not far off from what we estimated here too. For example, our own State of the Mobile Web reports for the last five (5) months show that mobile traffic to this site has hovered between 21% and 30%.
According to Royal Pingdom’s findings, “in every single one [country] where mobile web usage makes up an unusually high share, Nokia’s Symbian OS completely dominates.” We already knew that too. Just check out our State of the Mobile web reports again. Also, smartphones sporting Android, iOS or RIM’s Blackberry are reported to have tiny market shares in these countries. We had that as a fact too.
So far, so good. All indices from international statistics tally roughly with what we have here. 25% is not bad. Actually, it is very significant and is likely to grow more than that over time given the prevailing conditions here.
Now, where are those guys who dismissed it all and asked in disbelief how many Nigerians browse on their handsets? The joke is on them. Hopefully, we can all wake up to the challenges and opportunities of these screaming facts. A lot of people are still conservative about mobile web adoption across the country, but here is the fact – it is catching on faster than many of us think. Whether browsing via Opera Mini on a lowly phone or on a Nokia N8 or an Encipher Tablet, Nigerians are here to stay on the mobile web radar.
I said that years back. I stand by it now. Quote me.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.