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Moscow’s MegaFon selects Opera Mini to bring the mobile Internet to subscribers

September 7, 2009

September 7, 2009 - Oslo, Norway

Opera Software today announced that the Russian mobile carrier MegaFon has selected Opera Mini to deliver unlimited Web access to its subscribers in Moscow. Russia currently holds the title for the most Opera Mini users in the world. Over the past year, the number of people using Opera Mini in Russia has increased by more than 63 percent (source). The Opera and MegaFon partnership will help make the mobile Web more easily accessible to all Russians.

With Opera Mini for MegaFon, subscribers can activate the new "Unlimited Internet with Opera Mini" service package. This offer will be available to customers in September for just seven RUR a day (0,15 EUR) and allows users to transmit and receive an unlimited amount of data on their phones.

"More than half of our subscribers use mobile Internet services. The future of our business depends on our ability to offer the best possible Web package, as our customers want to access the Web anytime, anywhere," said Vasily Kuzichev, Director of Business Development, MegaFon. "Opera Mini is very well known in Russia, and the browser has a proven track record across the country. By partnering with Opera, we expect to see continued growth in our subscriber base due to the country-wide appeal of this browser."

Due to its unique compression technology, Opera Mini will speedily send Web content to MegaFon subscribers. Page-loading time is even faster than ever, due to Opera's new server parks spread around the world. Opera Mini was designed with browsing convenience in mind and delivers quick navigation features such as Bookmarks, Notes and Speed Dial for easy access to Web favorites. In addition, Opera Link allows users to sync their notes between their computer and Opera Mini.

"With more than 45 million subscribers, MegaFon helps get Opera Mini in the hands of more Russians. We have developed this special edition of Opera Mini for MegaFon as the first step in our partnership," said Nuno Sitima, Vice President for Business Development, Opera Software. "Now MegaFon subscribers can easily visit all their Web favorites without worrying about their monthly mobile phone bills."

About MegaFon

OJSC MegaFon is the first all-Russian mobile operator in the GSM 900/1800 standard. The company was founded in 2002 as a result of the renaming and reorganization of OJSC North-West GSM and integration under one brand with CJSC Sonic Duo (Moscow), CJSC Mobicom-Kavkaz, CJSC Mobicom-Centre, CJSC Mobicom-Novosibirsk, CJSC Mobicom-Khabarovsk, CJSC Mobicom-Kirov, OJSC MSS-Povolzhie, CJSC Volzhsky GSM and CJSC Uralsky GSM. The license area of OJSC MegaFon, as well as that of 100% of its subsidiaries, covers the entire territory of the Russian Federation with a population of over 145 million. MegaFon develops its business based on the principle of maximum satisfaction for its subscribers, fair competition and information transparency. MegaFon makes use of advanced technologies, providing the company's subscribers new possibilities for communication and working with information. The set of high-quality, mobile communication services, unique for the Russian mobile market, is targeted both at individual and corporate subscribers. Learn more about MegaFon at http://eng.megafon.ru.

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.

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