It’s quite obvious that Mumbai, New Delhi and Bangalore rule the mobile Internet penetration, owing to the savvy population these cities have, but what’s surprising is that Kolkata comes out as number 4 in mobile Internet usage in India (above Chennai and Pune).

As per Opera’s latest report, following are the top 10 Indian cities when it comes to mobile Internet usage:

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Mobile Internet Report For India [May 2011]

  • Page-view growth since May 2010: 218.2 %
  • Unique-user growth since May 2010: 188.5 %
  • Data transfer growth since May 2010: 160.1 %
  • Page views per user: 430
  • Data transferred per user (MB): 7
  • Data transferred per page view (KB): 17

Mobile Internet in India: Top 10 sites

  1. google.com
  2. facebook.com
  3. youtube.com
  4. vuclip.com
  5. orkut.com
  6. mobile2day.com
  7. wikipedia.org
  8. zedge.net
  9. getjar.com
  10. filestube.com

Mobile Internet in India: Top Handsets

  • Nokia 5130 XpressMusic
  • Nokia 2700c
  • Nokia 3110c
  • Nokia N70
  • Nokia 6300
  • Nokia 2730c
  • Nokia 7210 Supernova
  • Nokia N73
  • Nokia N72
  • Nokia 2690

It’s all Nokia.  For a short term, Micromax made an entry in the top 10 handsets, but Nokia’s ‘many-devices’ strategy has overthrown Micromax.

Also, it’s important to note that Nokia doesn’t bundle Opera browser in its smartphone – so keep that in mind while reading the report.

Insights from the report

  • Facebook seems to be making a major play against Orkut’s marketshare, much as it has eroded the marketshare of MySpace in countries such as the United States.
  • Vuclip (mobile-optimized video) and Mobile2Day (a mobile portal) are new to the top 10 compared to the same time last year, indicating that sites intended primarily for mobile access are gaining in importance.
  • Nokia 2690 jumped from #10 to #1 in India [from May 2010 to May 2011].

Coming back to the title of this article, why do you think Kolkata fares better than cities like Chennai and Pune?

[Source: Opera Report.]

Also see: India’s mobile market grew by 15% last year: Samsung, Micromax, HTC Winners, Nokia losing the fight

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