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Telenor and Opera announce partnership for Myanmar

Oslo, Norway, and Yangon, Myanmar - October 31, 2014

Faster and more affordable mobile internet experience for Telenor customers

Telenor and Opera Software today announced their partnership to bring more cost effective mobile internet experiences for their customers in Myanmar.

From today, Telenor Myanmar customers can access faster and more affordable internet from their mobile devices via the Opera Mini browser, where they can access the local relevant content, free Wikipedia and Facebook Zero with just one click.

Opera Mini makes the mobile internet affordable by shrinking webpages by as much as 90%, helping people browse more for the same money. All Telenor subscribers can now download the Opera Mini browser for free from both m.opera.com and Telenor’s mobile portal.

Telenor’s customers will get one-click access to free Wikipedia and Facebook Zero from Speed Dial.

"Opera works with Telenor around the world to provide faster and better internet access for all and to simplify the way people get access to the web,” says Lars Boilesen, CEO of Opera Software. “Together, we provide a high-quality mobile internet experience, which the people of Myanmar can now afford on their own terms."

Telenor launched its network in Myanmar on 27 September 2014 and its affordable mobile services are now available in the three main cities, Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw, through 16,000 outlets.

“It is important for us to provide a high quality and affordable mobile internet experience to our customers in Myanmar,” says Petter Furberg, CEO of Telenor Myanmar. “Partnering with Opera and ensuring that our customers get more from their mobile internet experience is just another example of how Telenor works to ensure that the internet is for all and not just the few.”

Browse more with Opera Mini

Launched in 2006, Opera Mini is today used by over 250 million people worldwide. Opera Mini's advanced technology compresses webpages before sending them to the users’ mobile devices, delivering a faster and smoother mobile internet experience. In other words, Opera Mini users use less data to load webpages on their phones or tablets. They can get the most out of their data plans, as the data delivered to their devices is reduced by Opera Mini servers.

More local relevant content for Telenor customers

People who download Telenor’s version of the Opera Mini browser on their phones will be able to access relevant local content and offers via Opera Mini’s shortcut screen, called Speed Dial. Telenor’s customers will get one-click access to free Wikipedia and Facebook Zero from Speed Dial. Also, they will be able to make the best use of Opera Mini’s Smart Page, which suggests relevant content, based on the sites users visit most frequently.

Opera Mini works on almost any phone

Opera Mini is available on almost any mobile phone platforms, including Android, BlackBerry, Java ME, iOS, Symbian OS and Windows Mobile, among others. The browser can be used on more than 3,000 different models of phones across the world, ranging from basic feature phones to the latest smartphones. Opera Mini has already enabled over 130 mobile operators worldwide to break down mobile internet barriers such as slow connections or congested networks and bring the internet to all the customers via their phones.

About Telenor  

Headquartered in Norway, Telenor Group is one of the world’s major mobile operators with 176 million mobile subscriptions in 13 markets in Asia and Europe. At Telenor, we believe mobile communications is for the many, not just for the few. Our Asian footprint covers 1.1 billion people, and we serve 145 million people across the region today. Myanmar is Telenor Group’s newest market. Telenor Myanmar was declared a successful applicant for the nationwide telecommunications license on June 27, 2013, and signed its license agreement with the Myanmar government on 5 February 2014. The mobile network was launched on 26 September 2014 and is expected to cover 90% of the population within 5 years.

www.telenor.com.mm  / www.telenor.com

About Opera

Opera enables more than 350 million internet consumers worldwide to connect with the content and services that matter most to them. Opera also helps publishers monetize their content through advertising and advertisers reach the audiences that build value for their businesses, capitalizing on a global consumer audience reach that exceeds 1 billion.

Opera and Opera Mini are trademarks of Opera Software AS. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.