Opera Software aims to take desktop browser to smaller cities

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After establishing its market in mobile browsing, Opera Software on Tuesday said it would focus on desktops browser in India.

The company informed that 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. The company plans to start some trial markets for desktops with such providers for end users in tier-II and III cities over next 12-18 months. At present the customer base is only limited to metro cities only.

The company has 60 million users but the number is restricted to only few million users in India. This, the company attributes to the lack in distribution system.

Opera said it would not compete with Google Chrome or Firefox, it expects a stable market for its software. The company would work in a similar way it had partnered with handset manufacturers such as Micromax, Karbonn, Lava and Fly in the past.

Opera had also signed carrier deals with Bharti Airtel, Tata Indicom, Virgin Mobile, Vodafone, MTS and Idea Cellular for providing browser to their customers.

India is the largest market for the company, especially for the feature phone category with its ‘smart page’ (that enables users to view news feed on a single page) with new Mini 7, he added.

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