Mobile browser firm Opera Software has claimed that 33.9 billion pages were viewed by users of its Opera Mini browser in August, a rise of 14.3 per cent on July.
The company's latest State of the Mobile Web report, which draws on data gathered from its Opera Mini mobile platform, also revealed that page views increased by 143.2 per cent since August 2009.
The rise in page views was caused in part by a surge in users, the firm claimed. Some 66.5 million people now use Opera Mini, a rise of 6.8 per cent on July.
Opera said that this growth led to 489.4 million megabytes of data being downloaded during the period, a figure that would have been 4.5 petabytes if the web pages Opera Mini displayed were not compressed.
Data traffic rose 134 per cent compared to August 2009, underlining the rise in smartphone use, and particularly the proliferation of Android devices.
Jon von Tetzchner, co-founder of Opera Software, said that smartphones are having a profound impact, but that worldwide demand for internet access on-the-go using feature phones is also on the rise.
"The mobile web remains a global phenomenon on a variety of devices and screen sizes. It is this unparalleled reach that will bring tremendous social and economic change to people in many countries," he said.
Browser rival Mozilla announced plans yesterday to capitalise on the trend for mobile web usage, with planned enhancements to its Firefox Home product.
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