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Bharti Airtel and Opera Software launch India’s first ‘Opera Web Pass’ for customers

Oslo, Norway and New Delhi, India - February 26, 2013

Offering a range of affordable and simple pay-as-you-go services for mobile internet users

Today, Bharti Airtel, a leading integrated telecommunications company with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, and Opera Software announced the launch of Opera Web Pass for customers in India. With Opera Web Pass, first-time mobile internet users in the country are now able to subscribe to affordable and simple pay-as-you-go services for their Airtel mobile phones. A subscriber just needs to start Opera Mini on his mobile phone, click Opera Web Pass in the Speed Dial start page and choose from a list of web pass subscriptions, allowing Airtel mobile customers to purchase from a range of user-centric packages to suit their internet access needs. Examples are as follows:

  • Purchase an hourly data plan, by paying a fee for one-hour subscription of mobile internet.
  • Stay online throughout the day with unlimited data usage, by paying a flat fee for a 24-hour subscription.
  • Choose to browse the web just on weekends, with the weekend subscription pack.

For mobile subscribers without data plans, this is the easiest and most flexible solution for accessing the web. With the opportunity for users to choose an exact time period in which to access the web, rather than the amount of megabytes, Airtel’s browsing offer will now be more tangible and easy to understand.

‘Opera Web Pass’ advantages for Airtel mobile customers
- Get instant access to the internet subscription that suits your needs.
- Enjoy simple time- and content-based charging.
- Time-based or content-based packages are easy to understand and provide the right level of cost control.
- Stay informed by a pop-up when Opera Web Pass has expired or if you are about to access services subject to additional charges.

“Access to the web is a universal right. Partnering with market leaders such as Airtel has offered us the opportunity to help lower the barriers to access the mobile web and empower more Indian users to get online,” says Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software.

“For millions of users, their mobile phones have the potential to become the first device through which they will experience the web. We want to simplify the steps leading to web browsing for these first-time users. Opera Web Pass allows us to give users access to the mobile internet when and where they want it,” added N Rajaram, Chief Marketing Officer for Consumer Business, Bharti Airtel. This alliance between Airtel and Opera Software is the first of its kind in India, available exclusively for Airtel mobile customers.

Opera Web Pass leverages the existing capabilities of the Opera Mini platform, which means almost any phone on any platform can be made web friendly. To learn more about the Opera Web Pass, visit

For more information on Opera Web Pass on Airtel, please visit

About Bharti Airtel Limited

Bharti Airtel Limited is a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa. Headquartered in New Delhi, India, the company ranks amongst the top 4 mobile service providers globally in terms of subscribers. In India, the company’s product offerings include 2G, 3G and 4G wireless services, mobile commerce, fixed line services, high speed DSL broadband, IPTV, DTH, enterprise services including national & international long distance services to carriers. In the rest of the geographies, it offers 2G, 3G wireless services and mobile commerce. Bharti Airtel had over 264 million customers across its operations at the end of January 2013. To know more please visit,

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.