Opera Mini gains worldwide momentum: Four new distribution contracts signed
Oslo, Norway - March 28, 2006
Opera Software today announced four newcontracts with companies that will promote and distribute the Opera Minimobile browser to their customers. The four companies are US-basedPriceRunner, HT Telecom in Latvia, Small Planet (part of jippii.ru) inRussia and the Baltics, and Denmark-based Unwirepark, which will distributeOpera Mini in 180 countries. This announcement comes only days afterOpera announced three important distribution agreements for Opera Miniwith T-Mobile, GrameenPhone in Bangladesh and the Germantelecommunications service provider, debitel.
According to the agreements, the four companies will actively promoteand distribute both regular and customized versions of Opera Mini totheir customers. The customization may include company branding,bookmarks and content on the Opera Mini start page.
The US-based Price Runner will actively promote and distribute OperaMini to give its users mobile access to its online product and pricecomparison services.
High Technologies SIA is the biggest mobile applications serviceprovider in the Baltics. They will be promoting and distributing OperaMini in Latvia via Premium SMS.
Through its ownership of Jippii, a leading international mobileentertainment service provider, Small Planet will market and distributeOpera Mini as a premium download in Russia, Estonia, Lithuania andLatvia. More than 600.000 people get their mobile content from Jippiievery month, and the company has direct connectivity to more than 30operators in the four countries.
A world leading mobile content distributor owned by Mobile Weaver,Unwirepark will distribute Opera Mini through its online contentstore-front in 180 countries via premium SMS.
"Opera Software ASA is a true leader in browser based solutions for Weband mobile devices," says Umar Akram, vice president of Mobile WeaverApS. "We felt a perfect match to provide users of any mobile operatoracross 389 networks in more than 180 countries access Opera Mini throughunwirepark.com and thin client store fronts."
Opera Software offers standard or fully customized versions of OperaMini to operators, handset manufacturers, content providers andcompanies that wish to offer a full Web browser to their customers.
PriceRunner, a division of ValueClick, Inc. (Nasdaq: VCLK), offersproduct and price comparisons in the categories of Clothing &Accessories; Cameras & Camcorders; Computers; Home Appliances; HomeEntertainment; Kids & Family; Multimedia; Office Equipment; Software;Sports & Outdoor; Toys; Video Games and many others. PriceRunner.com isthe first site in the U.S. to compare information from both online andtraditional stores as well as list non-paying retailers to give users abetter overview of the market. By giving the consumer an objective andinformative overview, PriceRunner makes it easier for the consumer tomake a smarter purchase more quickly.
About HT Telecom
HIGH TECHNOLOGIES SIA specializes in software development solutions formobile and electronic commerce. Established in 2002, HT Telecom is atechnology leader in m-commerce systems development in the Baltic States.
About Small Planet Ltd
Small Planet is a Mobile Entertainment Solution Provider. It providessmall- to large-scale mobile solutions, such as multimedia contentmarketplaces and mobile-to-TV chat communities, to media companies,brands and service providers. Over seven years Small Planet has workedwith more than 50 different customers on five continents and gatheredhands-on experience in hundreds commercial service launches. Company'spublic references include such companies and brands as 7 UP,Aftonbladet, Electronic Arts, Elisa, Excelcom, Globe Telecom, Jamba!,M1, MTV3, Pepsi, SingTel, Smart, Snickers, Sonofon, SubTV, Telecel,Telemig Celular, TeliaSonera, Telstra, Telefonica UnifÃ³n, TrinityMirror, Virgin Mobile and zedâ„¢.
About Mobile Weaver (Unwirepark)
Mobile Weaver, based in Copenhagen, Denmark, was founded by threewireless visionaries backed by a trio of wireless-technology veteranswho have helped launched industry-shaping ventures such as Skype,Maxthon Internet browser and Ascio Technologies. The company's flagshipproduct, Unwirepark, is a turnkey platform that aggregates andprovisions disparate mobile content to end-users for Operators, MVNO"sand OEM's. Mobile Weaver brings an eco-system of diverse content to thediverse world of mobile users.
About Opera Software ASA
Opera products enable more than 350 million internet consumers worldwide to discover and connect with the content and services that matter most to them, no matter what device, network or location. In turn, we help advertisers reach the audiences that build value for their businesses. Opera also delivers products and services to more than 120 mobile operators around the world, enabling them to provide a faster, more economical and better network experience to their subscribers.
From family photos and funny videos to business ideas that change the world economy, the internet has always been about discovery. Whether you are a consumer getting online for the first time, or a multinational corporation trying to reach the right audience, Opera can help you discover more online.
Opera Software ASA is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol OPERA. ‘Opera’, ‘Opera Software’, ‘Opera Mini’ and the ‘O’ logo are trademarks of Opera Software ASA. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Learn more about Opera at www.opera.com.