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September 17, 2012

Millions of Mexicans get better mobile web through Telcel partnership

Oslo, Norway and Mexico City - September 17, 2012

Opera Software today announced the rollout of a customized version of its Opera Mini browser to subscribers of Telcel, giving users in Mexico the power of the internet at their fingertips at a very low cost.

Opera Mini is one of the most used mobile browsers with 179 million users worldwide. Starting today, Telcel's 67 million subscribers in Mexico will now be able to take advantage of Opera Mini's compression feature, which saves users up to 90% of their time and money.

Existing Opera Mini users on Telcel's service will automatically be upgraded to the customized versions of Opera Mini and Telcel, which will give users quick access to Telcel's data plans and other services. Using Telcel but haven"t yet taken Opera Mini for a spin? You can download the new version from on your device.

"We are thrilled to make Opera Mini part of our offerings to our customers, who need a fast and cost-effective solution to browsing the internet on their mobile devices", said Alejandro Magaña, VAS Deputy Director, Telcel. "The best part about Opera Mini is it provides a consistent and smartphone-like user experience across a broad range of handsets, including basic phones, which is very useful to our customer base."

"Opera's goal is to give the best possible user experience on any device and any network," said Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software. "Designed for speed and ease of use, Opera Mini provides insanely fast browsing - up to six times faster than other browsers on both 2G and 3G networks. Giving this capability to Telcel users is very exciting for us."

Opera's partnership with Telcel is part of its larger agreement with its parent company America Movil, announced earlier this year, which will bring Opera Mini to its subsidiaries in 18 countries in Latin America with a total of 246 million subscribers.

About Telcel

Telcel (Radiomóvil Dipsa), in operation since 1989, is the leading cellular phone company in Mexico with over 66.7 million customers. With the best service and broadest coverage at the national level, it covers over 200,000 communities in nine regions of the country, which represent over 90% of the inhabited areas of Mexico. Always at the forefront, Telcel offers the fastest wireless connectivity in the national market in voice and data technology GSM/GPRS/EDGE and UMTS / HSPA.

América Móvil is the leading provider of integrated telecommunications services in Latin America. As of March 31, 2012, it had 246 million cellular, 30 million fixed line, 16 million broadband access and 14 million Pay-TV subscribers.

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.