March 9, 2010 – Oslo, Norway
Opera Software today announced that, as of December 2009, Cosmote Romania is delivering a branded version of Opera Mini for mobile Web browsing and services to its customers in Romania.
Cosmote Romania will roll out Opera Mini, packaged as web”n”walk, over the air to its customers from http://mini.opera.com/wnw_ro/. The branded version will feature a customized UI (user interface), Romanian localization, and bookmarks of popular regional Web sites, such as Ziarul Financiar, Gandul, Gazeta Sporturilor, Hotnews, Libertatea, Mediafax, and ProSport, as well as the Cosmote portal, m.webnwalk.ro. The web”n”walk-branded Opera Mini version will initially support 50 devices.
“With Opera Mini, we can now offer our subscribers a localized web”n”walk experience that provides all their favorite Web content, as well as easy access to our own Web-based services. Users” preference is increasing for news, weather and useful information sites, which we have included among our widgets in the first stage of the service development. We will continuously expand web”n”walk, adding more relevant content for all users,” said Gabriel Ionita, Senior Product & Services Development Manager COSMOTE Romania.
“We are thrilled that Cosmote has chosen web”n”walk, powered by Opera Mini, to provide compelling Web services on a wide range of mobile phones,” says Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software.
Cosmote Romania is member of the COSMOTE Group. Cosmote Romania is the 10th operating company to select the Opera Mini-powered web”n”walk service since inception.
About COSMOTE Romania
COSMOTE Romania, member of COSMOTE Group, launched commercial operations in December 2005, with the aim of making mobile telephony accessible to all. In record time, the company upgraded and expanded its telecommunications network to offer over 98% population and 86% geographical coverage, while developing an extended commercial network of 880 stores, one of the strongest in the country. In end September 2009 COSMOTE reached 6.6 million customers, to exceed a market share of 23%. In November 2009, COSMOTE Group completed the acquisition of Telemobil S.A (Zapp), further enhancing its growth profile in Romania, gaining access to 3G license & infrastructure.
Today, COSMOTE is the operator with the widest presence in SE Europe with 21.4 million customers in Greece, Albania, Bulgaria and Romania, addressing an extended market of 45 million people.