Telenor teams up with Opera in data duet

Telenor Myanmar has teamed with Norway-based software company Opera to help customers surf the web more cheaply, the telco announced November 1.

The partnership accompanies Telenor Group’s “internet for all” initiative as well as its mass market-focused strategy in Myanmar. Opera’s browser, Opera Mini, makes web pages up to 90 percent smaller to reduce their data payload and help customers squeeze value from prepaid plans.

Telenor Myanmar CEO Petter Furberg said the firm has prioritised improving the domestic internet experience, which has led to the partnership with Opera.

More than 250 million people globally engage with Opera Mini, which Telenor customers can download at no charge and use to access Facebook Zero and free Wikipedia, according to the telco.

“Opera works with Telenor around the world to provide faster and better Internet access for all and to simplify the way people get access to the web,’’ said Opera Software CEO Lars Boilesen.

At least one customer said the smaller browser made an impact on savings.

“I can use more data because the Opera Mini browser reduces the file size of web pages,” said Ko Pyae Phyo, a Telenor user. “Data charges can be reduced and mobile phone bill expenses are less than before.”

Telenor’s service, covering both 2G and 3G spectrums, went live in Yangon October 26 and has been turned on in Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw for more than a month.


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