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Opera planning to partner set top box manufacturers in India
Opera planning to partner set top box manufacturers in India
By: iMedia News Bureau

Norwegian company Opera software, makers of popular Opera web browser for mobile have proposed its plan to partner with set top box (STB) manufactures, which will help DTH, IPTV and cable subscribers to access Internet from their television sets, reports PTI.

Sunil Kamath, Opera Software Sales Director (India and SAARC) said, “It is a good time to get into this (digital devices space). We would look at partnering someone like say Huawei to build our browser onto their platform”, according to the PTI release.

However, no deals have been signed as of now but Opera is exploring its options.

Opera Software has agreements with 13 of the top 30 operators globally. Its Opera Mini browser is used by over 168 million active users, though it gives access to over 1.6 billion users.

After establishing its market in mobile browsing, Opera Software said last week that it would focus on desktops browser in India. It said there are interests from Internet service providers and telecom operators for desktop browser and soon it would work with such partners to provide the software.

Opera had also signed carrier deals with Bharti Airtel, Tata Indicom, Virgin Mobile, Vodafone, MTS and Idea Cellular for providing browser to their customers. Many handsets, especially those from domestic handset makers, come embedded with Opera browser.

Under the cable amendment act, government has declared that analogue cable service would be phased out and complete digitization will usher in cable sector in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata by November 2012.

Finally he said, “India is a strategic market for us. We support 14 Indian languages and we are confident that we will continue to see the strong growth that we have seen in the last few months," he added.

Since its inception in 1994, Opera Software is known for its technology in offering browsers, specifically made for the requirements of the mobile customer. Opera Mini’s unique proxy-server-based technology can compress data by up to 90 per cent and decrease the user’s data transfer costs.

From past few months, it was speculated that Facebook is going to buy Opera, but it was a mere speculation.