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Telecel partners Opera

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VimpelCom, Telecel Zimbabwe’s parent company, has entered into a partnership with Opera Software to deliver a mobile web browser optimised for low-cost handsets.

The browser will enable mobile phone subscribers easily access the Internet.

In a statement, Telecel said co-branded VimpelCom Opera Mini mobile browser would be launched across all the group’s operator brands in 18 countries.

Customers that took part in a pilot test project in February already have access to the browser.

Telecel Zimbabwe managing director John Swaim said the Opera Mini browser had already demonstrated its potential among Telecel Zimbabwe customers during the test phase.
“It is a smart mobile browser that delivers a fast, improved Internet browsing experience for low-cost mobile phones and yet reduces the amount of data transferred over our network,” he said.

He said the demand for mobile Internet access was rapidly accelerating among TelecelZimbabwe subscribers.

“The VimpelComOpera Mini browser will enable all our customers to experience the mobile web and the exciting benefits this brings,” he said.

“It enables us to deliver a fast, enriched, enjoyable, user-friendly and data-efficient mobile Internet service to our customers, regardless of how advanced their handset is,” Swaim said, adding that the browser would help customers to embark earlier on their journey to a smartphone Internet experience.

The Opera browser employs advanced compression technology, allowing users to dramatically expand their web experience with each and every megabyte they consume, while keeping costs down.

VimpelCom chief commercial officer Mikhail Gerchuk said in most of its markets VimpelCom would be the first operator to provide the innovative mobile service.

OperaSoftware chief executive Lars Boilsen said the partnership would enable VimpelCom subscribers to better enjoy the mobile web.

“The Mini Opera mobile browser is already loved by more than 160 million users worldwide and we are continuing to look for ways to help users further embrace the growing trend toward mobile web access,” he added.

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