Opera Mini Customized for Bangladeshis
Article by George Norman
On 08 Apr 2011
Opera Software, the Norwegian software developer behind the quite popular Opera browser, has some good news for Opera fans in Bangladesh who need to access the web while on the go. The news is that Opera Software and Grameenphone, the leading telecommunications service provider in Bangladesh, have released an Opera Mini version customized for Grameenphone users.

To get the browser, which by the way works on more than 3000 different handsets and is used by more than 100 million people all over the world, Grameenphone users need only send a text message to 5000; the message must say “Opera”. After the users download the browser, they will get free data services for one week. Thanks to Opera Mini they will enjoy a faster, better and more affordable mobile Internet experience. As Opera Software once explained, you can make any phone a smartphone as long as you have a smart browser.


“We have come a long way since our village phone program, along which we started Grameenphone operations in 1997. Since inception, our focus has been to empower each and every citizen of Bangladesh with mobile telephony. We pride ourselves on the fact that Grameenphone is the only operator to cover 99 per cent of the country’s people with network,” said Arild Kaale, Chief Marketing Officer, Grameenphone. “We trust Opera’s mobile web technology and are delighted to announce the launch of a customized version of Opera Mini for our users. We encourage Grameenphone users to download this efficient browser and enjoy the beautiful world of the Internet on their mobile devices.”

“Access to the Web should not be limited to the privileged few. For a majority of mobile telephony users in emerging markets, a mobile handset may turn out to be the primary way of accessing the Internet. The technology behind the Opera Mini browser is best suited for such markets, where EDGE/GPRS are widely used. We have worked hard to ensure that Opera Mini is able to run on a wide range of mobile devices, providing users with a rich browsing experience,” said Lars Boilesen, Chief Executive Officer, Opera Software. “Our excitement to launch a customized version of the Opera Mini browser today is further amplified by the fact that we have the support of Grameenphone.”

Tags: Opera Software, Opera Mini, Bangladesh, Grameenphone
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