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June 11, 2012

America Movil, Opera Mini Form Partnership
By Rahul Arora
TMCnet Contributor

According to a recent announcement made by Opera Software (News - Alert), it has partnered with America Movil, the world’s third-largest mobile network provider. As per the terms of the partnership agreement, the Opera Mini mobile web browser’s co-branded version will be launched by America Movil for its subsidiaries and customer base in Latin America.

Opera Mini, which already serves 160 million users, will allow the users in Latin America to access fast and affordable internet on their handsets. The browser requests web pages through Opera Software's servers, which process and compress them before sending them to the mobile phone, speeding up transfer by two to three times and dramatically reducing the amount of data transferred, chargeable on many mobile phone data plans.

“Opera is proud to work with America Movil to bring Opera Mini to Latin America in a big way,” said Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software. “With America Movil’s reach and Opera Mini’s performance, Latin America is about to go mobile like it has never before.”

A Fortune 500 company, America Movil is the third largest mobile network operator in terms of equity subscribers. The company provides services to 300 million mobile subscribers in 18 countries. In the United States, the company operates under the trademarks TracFone, Net10, and Straight Talk, and is the leading national pre-paid wireless service.

"Mobile users in Latin America, for many of whom the mobile device is the first and only way of getting online, are in need of a world-class browser as an affordable means to get on the internet," said Marco Quatorze, Director of VAS, American Movil.

In related news, America Movil has acquired a 4.1 percent stake in Telekom Austria (News - Alert), the leading telecom company in Austria. In case America Movil combines its stake with Telekom Austria shareholder Ronny Pecik, it will be able to own 25 percent and will be second to the biggest investor, Austrian state holding company OeIAG.

Edited by Rich Steeves


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