Amid browser wars, we often hear about Chrome vs. Firefox vs. Explorer. We don't hear much about browsers like Opera.
It may surprise you that Opera is used by 300 million people in the world each month.
To expand its reach in Asia Pacific, Opera today announced a regional HQ in Singapore.
The Opera Singapore office will be led by Fabrizio Caruso, Opera Software's senior vice president for Asia.
The new office will be home to Opera's operator and advertising business, technical support, and marketing activities across the region.
According to the browser company, the Singapore office will act as a hub for Opera's operations in Asia Pacific, including greater China, Korea and Southeast Asian countries.
Opera Software is finding increasing opportunities in the mobile browsing business. In the region, the company has partnered with 17 top-tier mobile operators, rolling out co-branded Opera Mini browsers with competitive data plans to bring more people online through their mobile phones.
"Asia is the most dynamic and thriving mobile market in the world, and there are tremendous opportunities for operators and brands to reach and engage consumers through mobile devices," said Fabrizio Caruso. "We plan to use our Singapore office as a hub to fuel the mobile Internet and advertising economy in APAC."
Opera Software's business has been expanded to the recent launch of its fully-owned subsidiary Opera Mediaworks, the world's largest mobile ad platform that provides end-to-end mobile advertising and monetisation services.
"Opera has offices in China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan to provide client support and grow our user base," said Tove Selnes, executive vice president of Human Resources, Opera Software. "In addition to these four countries in Asia, we have seen huge growth of our operator business in APAC recent years. It makes sense for us to also have an office in Singapore so that we can offer quicker support to our partners."
With the opening of the Singapore office, Opera now has a total of 17 offices around the world. The company has over 900 employees worldwide.
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