Telefónica, Spain's leading mobile operator, and Opera Software have announced that Opera Mini and Opera Mobile are to power the full Internet access for Telefónica
's new web service Navega. Subscribers of the service will have full Internet access directly from their mobile phone, and will be able to access the data they want, including local search, community sites, news, webmail and other content.
Internet continues to play a larger role in people's lives, and operators, such as Telefónica Móviles de España, are recognizing the demand for the full Internet on mobile phones," says Kai Leppänen, VP Mobile, Opera Software. "It's been proven time and again that browser-based Internet services significantly drive higher non-voice ARPU as well as increases operator end user satisfaction. Opera Mini represents a convenient, easy-to-use and cost effective data service that drives data traffic with lower OPEX and CAPEX costs."
The Opera web browser already comes pre-installed on several phones, and after a partnership with Samsung
, it will also be available on several of the Korean manufacturer's future releases. Due to the browser's ability to reformat web pages for viewing on small screens, Opera Mobile has become quite appreciated.
On Telefónica, the web browsing software for mobile phones will be launched on Nokia N70, Sony Ericsson K610i, Sony Ericsson Z610i and Sony Ericsson K800. Several more phones equipped with Navega-branded Opera Mini and Opera Mobile browsers will be provided in the future.
"This major partnership with Telefónica Móviles de España is an outstanding testament to the quality of Opera's market leading mobile browsing technologies. More significantly, this announcement demonstrates our ongoing commitment to meet and exceed the expectations of our tier one operator customers globally," said Mr. Leppänen.