Opera Mini goes to Hungary: Leading operator pre-installs mobile Web browser
Oslo, Norway and Budapest, Hungary - October 31, 2006
Opera Software today announced that Pannon, a leading Hungarian mobile operator, willdistribute the Opera Mini mobile browser to its three million subscribersin Hungary. Pannon is pre-installing Opera Mini on 10 high-volume handsets from leading manufacturers including Nokia and Sony Ericsson. In addition,Pannon will also distribute Opera Mini from its mobile portal.
Pannon offers the widest mobile broadband (EDGE, UMTS) coverage inHungary. As a result, customers can use Opera Mini at high speeds in over2,600 towns and villages across the country.
Opera Mini is a lighter version of Opera Mobile, and enables full Webaccess on the majority of all mobile phones in the market. Opera Minisaves the user time as well as money because Web pages are routed througha server that compresses the content to fit mobile phones.
With more than seven million users so far, the browser has quicklyestablished itself as one of the world's most popular mobile phone Javaapplications, and a significant driver of data traffic for mobile phoneoperators. No other browser can offer the same speed, functionality andlow cost of surfing, which can explain Opera Mini's great success sinceits worldwide launch in January 2006.
"Opera Mini has that wow effect when people try it for the first time, andthose who download it tend to become regular users," says RogerCarlhammar, Executive Vice President, Mobile, Opera Software. "People loveit because it works smoothly and saves them a lot on surfing costs, andoperators are now recognizing Opera Mini's huge potential in driving datatraffic and enabling mobile services."
- Opera Mini for Pannon subcribers is available as a free download underthe "Downloads" menu item of Pannon W@P.- Pannon will deliver Opera Mini pre-installed on 10 high-volume handsets from leading manufacturers- Opera Mini is also available as a free download for all frommini.opera.com
Pannon GSM Zrt is a member of the Telenor Group and is a leadingtelecommunications operator in Hungary. Serving 3 million customers, itcontrols over 33% of the Hungarian mobile market with a penetration rateof more than 92% at January of 2006. Operating since 1994, Pannon offersconsumers, enterprises and SMB customers an ever expanding range of voiceand data services, integrated solutions and multimedia content under thebrand names Pannon and djuice. In line with its commitment to qualityservice and technology innovation, the company started implementing its 3Gmobile network in January 2005. Currently, it offers the widest mobilebroadband (UMTS and EDGE) coverage in Hungary.
Learn more about Pannon at www.pannon.hu/en
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