Bringing the Web to the People: Opera delivers browser to ZZvcom STB to facilitate remote education program in rural China
Oslo, Norway and Beijing, China - June 13, 2006
Opera will deliver its Opera SDK for Devices to ZZvcom's NDVB 9000 series of set-top boxes (STB) for the Chinese market. Opera will provide the full Web browser for these devices, allowing Chinese users to access the complete Internet in addition to IPTV content from their homes.
The target market for ZZvcom's NDVB 9000 series STBs are individuals living in ruralareas of China. This STB deployment to rural China enables the Chinese government todeliver its remote education program to citizens who may not otherwise have access toeducation. As this is considered a low-end STB, mass volumes are expected to beshipped.
"Our STB is more than just an entertainment device, it is literally a communicationtool to reach the remote citizens of our country," says Mr Wang Feng, chairman ofboard, ZZvcom. "Using the Opera browser, we can deliver this much needed content,which includes information on current events and other educational material. For thisimportant service, we needed a reliable and fast browser that would not be affectedby device limitations. Opera was the only browser that met our requirements."
In addition to full Web browsing, Opera serves as a presentation engine for the NDVB9000 series STBs. This allows ZZvcom to use Opera to develop dynamic Web applicationsusing Web technologies such as AJAX."China is a fast growing STB market and Opera is jumping on board with this growthand providing a solution that helps China to reach its most remote citizens," saysJon von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera Software. "Opera is a powerful tool for a STB, enablingthe full Internet on the TVs of individuals who may not have access to the Internetotherwise. We are proud to be a part of this project."
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