Norwegian Web browser developer Opera Software has said it plans to invest US$100m (about R1,4bn) over the next two years in Africa. Part of that money will be used to establish offices in Kenya and Nigeria.
“Africa is a very important market for Opera. Nine of the top 20 Opera Mini user countries are from Africa,” said Opera Africa vice president Richard Monday in a statement. The browser has proved popular, in part, because of its compression technologies, which help conserve users’ data.
“Opera users in Africa will get fully personalised and localised content delivered to their browser, the entry point for their Internet experience, while the data usage can be reduced by up to 90%.”
Opera Software’s offices in Johannesburg and Cape Town will soon be complemented by new offices in Lagos and Nairobi to support business and product development. The plan is to hire around 100 people to staff those offices over the next three years.