Most South Africans use phones for Internet access: Opera

Most 18-27 year-old Opera Mini users use their mobile phones to browse the Web more often than they use a desktop or laptop computer for the same purpose, according to the results of a survey released by Opera today.

In Nigeria, South Africa, and Indonesia, over 90 percent of so-called Generation Y users said they use their mobile phones more than desktop or laptop computers to access the Internet.

Interestingly, the countries (namely Poland, Germany, United States, and Brazil) with the highest percentage of respondents using desktop or laptop computers as their primary means of Internet access were countries where smartphones are among the top handsets used.

Despite the fact that Nigerian, Indonesian and South African users favoured the mobile phone for Internet access, Opera found fewer smartphones among the top 10 handsets in those countries than in Poland, Germany, Brazil and the United States.

According to Opera the result presents a challenge to the long-standing belief that smartphone uptake will be the major driver of mobile web usage globally.

“We have often said that the next generation will grow up knowing the Web mostly through their mobile phones,” said Jon von Tetzchner, Co-founder, Opera.

“We see this trend already emerging in different regions around the world. The mobile Web will bring a profound change in how we connect with one another. I think the results from this survey already show that change taking place.”

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