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Bharti Airtel, Opera Software in pact for mini web browsers

Opera mini web browsers will soon be on offer for Airtel users as the company inked a pact with Opera Software for a customised version.

BT Online Bureau   New Delhi     Last Updated: June 6, 2012  | 15:06 IST

Opera mini web browsers will soon be on offer for Airtel subscribers as the telecom major entered into a global agreement with Opera Software to offer a customised version of the internet browser on mobile phones.

Airtel, the nation's largest private-sector telecom player, has over 253 million customers across countries, including India, South Asia and Africa.

Under the pact, Airtel will offer co-branded Opera Mini browsers to its customers across India and South Asia.

"We are excited to bring a superior browsing platform to Airtel mobile customers across India and South Asia by leveraging Opera Mini's tried-and-tested set of solutions," Bharti Airtel President Consumer Business K Srinivas said.

Opera Mini's unique proxy-server-based technology can compress data by up to 90 per cent and decrease user's data transfer costs, a joint statement by the companies said.

In India, Airtel charges Rs 98 in month for 1 Gigabit (GB) of data downloaded through its mobile internet facility on 2G network and Rs 45 for 150 MB to Rs 1,500 for 10 GB on 3G network.

"Our primary drive is to provide the best user experience, no matter what device people use. There are millions of users with basic mobile phones instead of smartphones, and Opera Mini gives even the most basic phone a smartphone-like web experience," Opera Software CEO Lars Boilesen said.

Opera Software has agreements with 13 out of the top 30 operators globally and its Opera Mini browser is used by over 168 million users, the statement added.

With PTI inputs

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