MTN Group renews Opera Mini deal

mtnThe MTN Group has renewed its agreement with Opera Software on its Opera Mini mobile web browser.

The African mobile operator said today November 12, 2013 that it has renewed the deal for the next two years to offer a custom version of Opera Mini to MTN subscribers across 17 of its 22 markets including the Ghana market.

“The renewed partnership with Opera Software will allow MTN customers to continue to have the best possible digital experience of the internet using their mobile devices, while accessing content in a fast and affordable way,” MTN Group Chief Commercial Officer, Pieter Verkade, said in a statement.

The Opera Mini is a mobile web browser that compresses web pages to as little as 10% of their initial size, which helps customers to save on data costs and network operators to save on bandwidth, thus enabling more people to access the mobile web.

In the past two years, MTN has rolled out a co-branded version of Opera Mini in 17 markets including Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana, Sudan, Zambia, Uganda, Congo, Rwanda, Swaziland, Cameroon, Benin, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Afghanistan, Cyprus, Guinea and Yemen.
Under the new agreement, MTN said Opera Mini will remain available for new and existing subscribers in each market.

In a related news, Aviat Networks has announced that it is upgrading MTN Ghana’s microwave backbone capacity.

The company has deployed its STR600 ultra-high capacity microwave radio solution for MTN Ghana as a part of the upgrade of the mobile operator’s backhaul network to full IP capability.

By Ekow Quandzie

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