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One million days of free internet: Naij.com partners with Opera Software and MTN to provide Nigerians with free mobile internet access

Lagos, Nigeria - June 18, 2015

Naij.com, Nigeria’s leading news, jobs and entertainment portal, is helping to bring free mobile internet to Nigerians via the MTN network. This has been made possible through Opera’s Sponsored Web Pass, which allows operators to package their data in a user-friendly way. At the click of a button, users can get online and explore what the mobile internet has to offer.

A first-of-its-kind initative in Africa, Naij.com is sponsoring a massive one million days of internet for subscribers on the MTN network between from June 17th. MTN users will be able to activate their free day of internet and will be able to browse all websites using Opera Mini.

“As a company committed to providing engaging online content for Nigerians, we’re thrilled to also provide them with a day of mobile internet,” said Goke Olaegbe, Country Group Head at Naij.com.

Working together to boost Nigeria’s mobile internet usage

With over 20 million Opera Mini users in Nigeria, 60 million MTN subscribers and more than 13 million monthly Naij.com readers, the collaboration is a unique opportunity to bring mobile users online for the first time. Whilst Nigeria’s mobile penetration is rapidly expanding, mobile data usage is still low at around 38%. This initiative aims to give users the opportunity to get a ‘taste’ of the internet and understand how it might benefit them.

“Connecting more people, wherever they are and helping them to do more with their data will always be in the forefront of what we do at Opera. Partnerships like this are key to achieving our goals,” added Richard Monday, VP Africa for Opera Software.

Tsola Barrow, Acting Chief Enterprise Solutions Officer at MTN Business, further supported the initiative, stating, “This initiative is not only in line with our vision to deliver a bold, new  digital world to our customers but also underpins our mission to make the lives of customers on Africa’s largest network a whole lot brighter. We also truly believe in the power of bringing people online via the devices they use every day. Opera’s Sponsored Web Pass helps take the fear out of using mobile internet for the first time.”

Get access to a free day of internet by going to webpass.opera.com using Opera Mini on the MTN network, but hurry - there are only 40,000 passes available each day!

About Naij.com

Naij.com is the top Nigerian portal of new generation. It embodies the era in which it has been created: dynamic, informative, controversial, entertaining.

Currently web portal offers news, mail service, music, videos, jobs, jokes and other entertainment features, to the members of multi-million community. Over 12 mln unique users read news on naij.com. 100mln-plus pageviews and over 42 mln sessions makes naij.com an ideal place for those who wants to be in trend. 

Naij.com’s parent company, Genesis Technology Partners, is a global web and mobile company which has developed a range of large and fast-growing projects in CIS, Asia and Africa.  It is among the Top 50 largest companies in the world by traffic, maintaining over 100% growth per year.

About MTN Business Nigeria

MTN Business Nigeria is the Enterprise Business Unit of MTN Nigeria, the biggest mobile operator in Nigeria and a member of the MTN Group, Africa’s leading cellular telecommunications company. At MTN Business, we provide fully converged, one-stop solutions, catering to the technology needs of small businesses and large enterprises in Nigeria. One of such solutions is MTN Mobile Ads, which helps brands reach a well-profiled target audience from our over 60 million subscriber base.Learn more about us at www.mtnbusiness.com.ng 

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 is a trademark of Opera Software AS.