Number of Opera mobile browser users as of end April 2010

Opera said in its monthly mobile Internet report that mobile browser users totaled 58.9 million at end-April, up 6.6 percent in a month.

Opera has increased its lead over the iPhone browser in the last few months, and controls 26.7 percent of the market in May so far, according to Web analytics firm StatCounter.

The iPhone browser and Nokia browser followed with 20.1 percent and 14.6 percent of the market respectively.

Although Opera found a great growth in its mobile browser users; it said that growth in users has not reflected on the global mobile data traffic. Mobile Internet usage that has boomed since the 2007 introduction of the iPhone, but Opera said global mobile data traffic through its servers grew only 0.6 percent in April from March. But it should be noted that mobile data traffic doesn't solely depend on growth in users; but also on holiday season and the traffic congestion on operator networks; April was not favoring month on both counts. --------

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