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Opera to strengthen Africa’s internet ecosystem

Opera, a company behind one of Africa’s popular mobile browsers, has said it plans to speed up internet adoption and…

Opera, a company behind one of Africa’s popular mobile browsers, has said it plans to speed up internet adoption and strengthen Africa’s internet ecosystem by investing $100 million.

As part of its mission to grow the continent’s Internet environment, the Software officials say they will be seeking local partners to “integrate value-added services, mobile payment and data bundling into its browser product”.

To them, “Africa is a very important market for Opera since nine of the top 20 Opera Mini user countries are from Africa”.

Going by the company, their work with local partners will grant consumers access to quality content and services, giving them the ability to transact more easily on their mobile devices. The range of services to be added over the next 12 months is expected to create a content and services hub that will provide African users with a unique experience.

“We aim to invest heavily in Africa, to build a local platform and grow with the local business partners. This platform will expand the user base for content providers, e-commerce businesses, operators, OEM’s and others to strengthen the African internet ecosystem.” Opera Software officials said.

The company will also be opening offices in some African countries in the months ahead.

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