Oslo, Norway – June 28, 2005
Opera Software today announced that ZTECorporation, China’s leading telecommunications manufacturer and wirelesssolutions provider, has chosen the Opera mobile Web browser for their newGSM mobile phone in China, the e3. The ZTE e3 is an advanced Linux-basedsmartphone geared toward the Chinese business market, and the firstsmartphone with Opera to be manufactured by a Chinese device vendor forthe Chinese market. The Chinese Technology Development Plan (863) liststhe ZTE e3 as one of the most important smartphone projects in China.
With the ZTE e3, Opera is increasing its presence in China. The companyhas previously announced its cooperation with Datang Mobile CommunicationsEquipment Co., Ltd. to provide China with Opera’s full Internet browserfor Datang Mobile’s TD-SCDMA 3G network. Opera is also included on theMotorola a780 and two Kyocera phones in China.
“China is the fastest growing mobile market in the world, and expected tohave over 400 million mobile subscribers by the end of 2005,” says Jon S.von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera Software. “It is an exciting and importantmarket for us, and we’re happy to be working with ZTE in providing mobileWeb access to the Chinese people.”
“With its speed, Small-Screen Rendering and advanced standards support,Opera is the obvious choice for mobile Web browsing,” says Tu Bi Qing,Vice President, ZTE Corporation. “The ZTE e3 is an important delivery forus, and we are certain our users will be as impressed with Opera’s mobileWeb experience as we are.”
The ZTE e3 runs on Qtopia Phone Edition delivered by Norwegian Linuxsolutions provider, Trolltech, and is available on the Chinese GSM networkthrough China Mobile.