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Opera celebrates 15 years with massive data giveaways

Popular online news wire, Opera, has marked 15 years of accelerating digital adoption in Africa.

With over 150 million monthly active users across the continent, the company provides better connectivity through the data-light Opera Mini web-browser.

However, 800 million Africans still don’t use the internet, and 1 GB of data costs up to 16% of the average monthly income in some parts of the continent.

To celebrate their 15th anniversary, Opera is launching a data giveaway by asking its users to share experiences of how Opera Mini has helped them to reach new levels of connection.

Over 50% of consumers have used free data sponsored by Opera and in 2021, users spent 2.5 billion hours using Opera Mini.

In Nigeria alone 87% are familiar with Opera Mini and 9 in 10 (89%) say it is easy to use just as Opera Mini has been downloaded 20 million times from Google Play, showing over 20% growth YoY in Nigeria.

In 2021, Opera offered Nigerians over 10 million GB of free data, together with leading telecom partners to accelerate Nigeria’s digital revolution even as Nigerian users saved over 4,915 million NGN thanks to free data campaigns and data saving browser Opera Mini, allowing them to surf their favorite sites: Facebook, FlashScore and Google, and experience moments of connection faster, for longer.

The data giveaway comes as the Covid-19 pandemic has laid bare deep-seated regional inequalities in internet access. Currently, only 39% of Africa has internet access, compared with 60% globally.

High data costs are a primary constraint. The price of mobile data in Sub-Saharan Africa is the most expensive in the world, with an average cost of $6.44 per 1 GB of mobile data. This is in stark contrast to Western Europe, where the same amount of mobile data is a third of the cost ($2.47).

Jorgen Arnesen, EVP Mobile at Opera said, “At Opera, we know the power that connection can bring. From sharing ideas, art and culture to kick-starting businesses or bringing loved ones closer together, data is essential to connecting people.

“Our mobile browser Opera Mini uses only one-tenth of the data that others do, and we’re proud to continue helping millions of people overcome connectivity barriers with our solutions.”

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