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Tech4Africa: How we help bring the next billion online

This week, we joined Tech4Africa,  the largest tech conference in Africa that brings together different companies, innovators and start-ups that play crucial roles in Africa’s digital tech.

Currently there is only 3 billion people that have access to the internet, which is just slightly over 40% of internet users globally. How to get the next billion online is one of the topics discussed in Tech4Africa.

The challenges include education, access to mobile devices and cost of infrastructure and mobile data. Efforts innovative solutions from different groups were presented.

As for Opera, we are in a good position to help with our free apps that compress data for cheaper use of mobile data even in bad connections.

How we help bring people online

Over the past 20 years we have been enabling more people to connect to the internet faster and efficiently without breaking the bank.

Our VP for Communications, Karin Greve-Isdahl shared about how our apps and services do this. Our free app for Android, Opera Max, is a data-savings app that compresses most Android apps. Opera Mini, our mobile browser for Android, iOS, Windows Phone and basic phones also compresses webpages.

Compression means the size of text, photos and videos gets shrunk before they are sent to a person’s mobile phone. This saves mobile data.

Reaching over 5 million e-readers

Recently, through our partnership with Worldreader, we reached over 5 million readers of free e-books in Africa.

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