By expanding into Africa, Opera is strengthening its strategy to make the Web available to more people, on any device, from anywhere in the world.
"Africa has tremendous growth potential in Web browsing and MTN is a major communications company focused on the African continent," said Jon von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera. "We believe that everyone should have access to the full Web no matter the location or the device. MTN and Opera Software share the vision of ushering in a new era in connectivity across the African continent."
Opera Mini is built on Opera’s industry leading browser technology and is the world’s most popular mobile Web browser. According to Opera’s latest "State of the Mobile Web" report, 15.8 million people actively used Opera Mini in July 2008, with 233 pages browsed on average.
People in Uganda have already discovered the power of Opera Mini to view the full Web on their mobile phones. Consumers desire a rich Web experience regardless of the device they use. With all of the top ten sites being non-WAP oriented, it is clear that WAP will continue to diminish as more capable Web browsers are able to display full Web content on mobile phones.
"MTN has been at the forefront of bringing our customers the most innovative and efficient ways of having the world at their fingertips. With this latest addition to MTN’s solutions portfolio, we are confident that customers will find web browsing a much easier and more pleasurable experience." said Noel Meier, MTN’s CEO. He added, "Partnering with Opera Software will enable MTN to provide this experience to our customers therefore re-affirming our commitment to being a total telecommunications solutions provider in Uganda."-OPera Software