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Symbian Enhances Wireless Internet Offering with Opera

May 29, 2001

Symbian signs agreement to incorporate Opera browser in reference designs for Communicators

London, UK - May 29, 2001

Symbian and Opera Software today announced an agreement to include Opera as the default browser in Symbian's reference designs for Communicator devices.

"We're moving into a market where for millions of users their first experience of accessing the Internet will be from a mobile device. To offer mobile users a compelling multimedia experience we've been evaluating a number of browsers to complement the Symbian OS," said Mark Edwards, EVP Sales and Marketing, Symbian. "Opera Software offers the most advanced specifications and features available in the market today. With this agreement Symbian and Opera will ensure that future browsing requirements will be easily and seamlessly incorporated into the Symbian OS."

Symbian's reference designs for Communicators enable a wide range of pen and keyboard based devices to be developed by Licensees, combining voice and data communications with powerful Internet and data capabilities the first one scheduled to ship being the Nokia 9210 Communicator which will be available in 2001.

"This is a great achievement for Opera, affirming us as the browser of choice and technology leader for the mobile Internet device market," says Rolf Assev, EVP, Opera Software. "Symbian's Communicator devices will offer an Internet experience unrivalled in pocket-sized devices. For many years Opera Software have developed and refined a browser technology that caters to these devices' limited screen space and resources."

Opera version 5 for Symbian includes the following technologies:

  • JavaScript support for JavaScript objects and form controls
  • ECMAScript regexp object
  • support for HTML event handlers
  • and the SSL handling of certificates
  • FTP
  • 128-bit encryption
  • SSL 2 and 3
  • TLS 1.0
  • CSS1 and CSS2
  • XML
  • HTML 4.01
  • HTTP 1.1
  • ECMAScript version 3
  • and JavaScript 1.4.

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About Symbian

Symbian was set up by leading handset and mobile computingmanufacturers Ericsson, Motorola, Nokia, Panasonic and Psion - to providea common, open operating system for mobile phones and enable a mass marketof content, services and applications based around data and voice enabledmobile phones. Companies currently developing Symbian OS based devicesinclude Ericsson, Kenwood, Motorola, Nokia, Panasonic, Psion, Sanyo,Siemens and Sony. For more information about Symbian please see

Symbian, the Symbian OS and other Symbian related marks are trademarks orregistered trademarks of Symbian Ltd. All other products and servicesmentioned may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respectivecompanies.

About Opera Software

Opera Software ASA is an industry leader in the development of Web browsersfor the desktop and device markets. The Opera browser has receivedinternational recognition from end-users and the industry press for beingfaster, smaller and more standards-compliant than other browsers. OperaSoftware ASA is a privately held company headquartered in Oslo, Norway. Learnmore about Opera at

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.