The company behind one of Afrika's popular mobile browsers, Opera, has said it will be investing $100 million over two years to speed up adoption of the Internet on the continent and strengthen the Internet ecosystem.
As part of their mission to grow the continent's Internet ecosystem, they have said they will be seeking local partners to "integrate value-added services, mobile payment and data bundling into its browser product".
“Africa is a very important market for Opera. Nine of the top 20 Opera Mini user countries are from Africa,” said Richard Monday, Vice President of Africa, Opera Software.
According to 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.” added Monday.
Opera will also be opening offices in Lagos, Nigeria and Nairobi, Kenya in addition to the Johannesburg and Cape Town offices they have in South Africa.
Cover Image Credit (Left to Right) : Jørgen Arnesen, Global Head of Marketing and Distribution, Opera Software AS; Folarin Komaiya, Business Development Director, Opera Nigeria; Richard Monday, Vice President of Africa, Opera Software AS; and Song Lin, Chief Operating Officer, Opera Software AS, announced their investment plan at the Intercontinental Hotel today.