The chief executive said the Norwegian company Opera Reuters Internet browser maker Opera Software expects light mobile phone browser data plays a pivotal role in a project led by Facebook aims to achieve Internet access to consumers in the 3rd World.
The project was launched, called Internet.org, last week by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who says he wants to make Internet access affordable for the 5 billion people around the world who are not online.
The CEO of Opera Lars Boilesen that the emerging markets, about 40 percent of Facebook traffic is already under way through the opera.
“We believe that Facebook is the most popular application in the opera. A big part of the mobile traffic Facebook globally already coming through browsers Opera,” Boilesen told Reuters.
Zuckerberg said that the project is not only about making money from Facebook, but the project has been criticized widely ploy to increase the membership of Facebook and profits.
The participating companies such as Samsung Electronics, Qualcomm, MediaTek and Nokia is also in the project.
Boilesen said that although Opera does not expect short-term gains from the project, and said he hoped to contribute to the increase in the number of Opera users.
” Since we started this company, it has been our aim to get as many people as possible to use our software. We just have to figure out a way to make money out of it later,” he said.
Opera generates money from search and advertising operations in their browsers, and through partnerships with mobile phone operators.
Said Boilesen have met several times with Oprah Facebook executives, and that”the wheels are already in motion.” He declined to give details about cooperation, but said he expects Facebook to put on the project soon.
Opera is relatively little used on the desktop, but from 260 million to 300 million users have Opera on their mobile phones because of its ability to compress content for download.
Browser uses up to 90 percent less than a megabyte, which saves on traffic charges and makes it popular in third world countries, where mobile phones are often the only way to regularly connect to the Internet.
Despite the loss of the desktop browser war’s biggest players, such as Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox, Opera has become a major player in the mobile browser market.
The company has achieved an average annual revenue growth of 32 percent in the past five years, making it the fastest growing company on the Oslo stock index 53.
Booked pre-tax profit of opera the second quarter of $11.8 million, an increase of $3.7 million in the corresponding period of last year. The company has been profitable since 2007 and earned a net $17 million in 2012.
The Opera stocks set new record highs almost every week since June and up to 30 percent in the past 12 months. Its 7.8 price / book ratio puts him among the top ten percent the value of technology stocks in the index the Reuters Global Technology 907 – securities.