Opera Software says it has recorded over 100 million user of its mobile web browser across the connected family of Africa.
The tech company disclosed this in its recent report titled ”State of the Mobile Web Africa”, that aims to provide insight into the opportunities and challenges it experienced in bringing the next 100 million online.
According to Opera, the birth of mobile in Africa really occurred at the turn of the 21st century and by the early 2000s, mobile network operators were working across the continent to connect Africans everywhere.
“We launched our famous Opera Mini mobile browser in 2006 and many of these operators became and remain our close partners. The advanced compression offered in our products enables these companies to offer a full Internet experience to their subscribers for less,” Opera says.
“Ten years on, we are not only witnessing a far more connected continent but we’re celebrating 100m African Opera users across our product portfolio.
It’s with immense pride that against this backdrop we maintain our vision of an open, connected world, powered by great technology and services. This is essential in order to break down barriers that limit access to information, education and fun,” Opera adds.
Twenty one years ago, two Norwegian developers started Opera Software with the vision of an open, an affordable Internet. In the mid 1990s, the view that access to the Internet should be a universal right was a radical one.
With less than 1% of the world online at the time, it was a pipe dream that perhaps only the most optimistic technophiles could have imagined. Indeed, only a few years earlier, at the end of 1991, the first IP connection was made between Rhodes’ University Computing Centre in Grahamstown, South Africa and the home of computer scientist, Randy Bush in Portland, Oregon, the company recalls.