Tata Goes to Opera

Tata Teleservices drives mobile Web growth in India with Opera Mini

November 22, 2007

2 Min Read

OSLO, Norway and NEW DELHI, India -- Opera Software, the only company that puts the Web on any device, today announced its initiative with Tata Teleservices Ltd to provide Opera Mini on its upcoming BREW-enabled handsets. The revolutionary browser will be made available first on the Huawei C2900i, a mass market BREW-enabled handset.

Tata Teleservices Ltd is India's newest and fastest-growing telecom provider with a user base in excess of 20 million.

This is a milestone achievement for Opera and Tata Teleservices Ltd-the first delivery of Opera Mini on a BREW-enabled handset, and marks Opera's entry into the vibrant Indian market. Tata Teleservices Ltd has empowered the mass market customer in India to access Internet in local languages like Hindi.

Research studies conducted by Gartner have confirmed that India's mobile phone market is set for a period of rapid growth, with revenue from cellular services expected to jump by more than 18 per cent year on year for the next five years. Indian mobile data revenue is expected to outpace that of voice services and contribute to about a fifth of total revenues by 2011, doubling year on year.

A report by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, the Indian telecom industry watchdog, suggests that the number of Indian consumers connecting to the Internet via mobile handsets has more than doubled in just over a year-to 38 million from 16 million.

Opera Mini, the world's most popular mobile Web browser, will complement this growth by providing users with access to the full Web, enabling them to surf their favorite websites, enjoy mobile blogging and social networking-all on the go. Opera Mini will also support local language websites such as BBC Hindi, Dainik Bhaskar and others. In addition to bringing Web content to everyday mobile phones, Opera Mini includes bookmarks, secure access to e-mail and online banking.

"We are bringing one the world's best mobile Web browsing experience to India and are the first operator to enable this experience for Indian consumers. Mobile Web on affordable mobile devices will open up the power of the Internet to a huge base of mass consumers, in a language of their choice. Tata Indicom's superior CDMA capabilities, coupled with Opera Mini's unique capabilities, will bring a delightful browsing experience to our customers," said Pankaj Sethi, President, VAS & Enterprise Marketing, Tata Teleservices Ltd.

"India continues to be an important market for Opera and we are excited to partner with Tata Teleservices to offer the full power of the Internet to mobile users in India. Opera's belief in innovation is what differentiates the company in the market today. The new 'Opera Mini on BREW' solution clearly demonstrates our vision and commitment to providing an outstanding Web browsing experience on mobile to customers in India," said Jon von Tetzchner, Chief Executive Officer, Opera Software.

Opera Software ASA

Subscribe and receive the latest news from the industry.
Join 62,000+ members. Yes it's completely free.

You May Also Like