Opera selected by ZyXEL Communications for new line of set-top boxes

Oslo, Norway – January 8th, 2009

Opera Software today announced that ZyXEL Communications, the world’s leading broadband access solutions provider, has selected Opera Devices 9.5 to bring the full Internet to its new Linux-based set-top box (STB) series. In addition to giving ZyXEL STB users access to their favorite Web pages optimized for the TV screen, Opera serves as the presentation engine on the STB series.

ZyXEL has grasped the full potential of Opera’s SDK by using Web technology and open Web standards to create the user interface, menus and other applications for the STB.

“The set-top box is no longer a foreign object in the home. We are definitely seeing an increase in customer demand,” said Dr. Herman Chen, Assistant VP of IPAV product division at ZyXEL Communications. “We chose Opera due to its solid international reputation and its longevity in the IPTV market. Opera also helped us get our products to market faster by offering us Web technology as a means to create content on our devices.”

ZyXEL intends to release its Opera-enhanced line of STBs primarily in the Nordic region, where Opera has long been a staple on STBs and TVs. Their target customers are service providers who are looking to enhance their subscriber options with a powerful new way to access the Internet, as well as video-on-demand and other services.

About ZyXEL Communications

ZyXEL Communications Corp., founded in 1989 and headquartered in Taiwan, is the leading provider of complete broadband access solutions for service providers, and business and home users. The company was recently named Taiwan’s first “green enterprise,” and is the second highest ranked “green” company in Asia (2007 CG watch, Asian Corporate Governance Association).

As one of the early modem manufacturers, ZyXEL has undergone many transformations in the fast-paced networking industry. Today, ZyXEL is one of the few companies in the world capable of offering complete networking solutions including DSL customer premise equipment, central office equipment, Internet security appliances, switches, WLAN equipment, network-attached storage and centralized network management systems.

The company has 3200 employees and distributors in 70 countries, reaching more than 150 regional markets. The ZyXEL Communications Corp. includes 29 subsidiaries and sales offices and three research and development centers worldwide. For more information, visit the company’s Website, http://www.zyxel.com.