Huawei chooses Skyfire for NFV video optimization

Chinese vendor Huawei has commenced a strategic partnership with Opera Software’s Skyfire unit to incorporate Skyfire’s Rocket Optimizer cloud-based video QoE solution into its Cloud Edge Virtual Multi-Service Engine (vMSE).

Opera turns optimisation techniques onto audio

Opera Software’s Skyfire optimisation unit, which the company purchased in 2013, has added streaming audio optimisation to Rocket Optimizer, its NFV-ready video and data optimisation platform for mobile operators.

Microsoft makes Opera default browser on feature phones

Microsoft, now the owner of what used to be Nokia’s handset operation, has selected Nordic software developer Opera to make the opera Mini web browser the default across the company’s feature phone and Asha portfolio.

Vendors team with Facebook to drive connectivity in developing world

facebook-bigFacebook has created an initiative—Internet.org—to bring internet connectivity to the poor and underserved, recruiting a number of telecoms industry vendors as partners. But while the new group cites the importance of mobile operators in bringing connectivity to the unconnected, there are none among the founders.

Telenor optimises video with Skyfire

Norwegian operator group Telenor will be using Skyfire’s video and internet optimisation technology across 11 countries. The firm, a subsidiary of software developer Opera, will be the lead supplier for network-based mobile video and media optimization for Telenor, as part of a deal the operator struck with kit vendor Alcatel Lucent.

Opera Mobile gets carrier billing hook

Internet browser developer Opera Software has teamed up with mobile commerce firm Neomobile to bring m-payment services to users of Opera Mobile.

GetJar bans Opera Mini over app store rivalry

Independent application store GetJar has banned one of the most popular apps it offers – the Opera Mini mobile browser – because of Opera’s decision to launch its own app store. In a letter expressing regret to its developer community GetJar described the app as one of its “longtime favourites”, saying it had been downloaded from the store 30 million times. The firm said that it had been in negotiation with Opera for some time in a bid to avoid having to exclude the browser application.

Opera opens Icelandic data centre

Norwegian software firm Opera, which develops the world’s most popular mobile browser, has opened a datacentre in Iceland to help it compress and manage all the web traffic from its millions of users.

Opera may debut on iPhone soon

The most successful browser in the mobile market, Opera Mini, may be making its way onto the iPhone in the near future. On Tuesday, Opera Mini for iPhone was officially submitted to the Apple iPhone App store for approval.

Opera buys mobile advertising platform

It certainly looks like a good time to be in the mobile advertising business – companies are being snapped up like hot cakes. On Wednesday, mobile browser king Opera acquired AdMarvel for a reported $8m in cash and the promise of a further $15m if targets are met.

Opera Mini tops 25 mil. downloads

Independent app store GetJar said this week that the world’s most popular mobile web browser, Opera Mini, has been downloaded more than 25 million times from its store. This makes Opera Mini the most downloaded app ever from any open app store to date, GetJar claims.

Jon von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera

Icelander Jon von Tetzchner is the CEO of Opera Software, a company notable for its development of a successful web browser that’s not called Internet Explorer or FireFox.