Opera bet on local servers to increase browsing speeds

Opera has announced the successful installation of its new local servers in Mombasa, Kenya.

These servers significantly increase browsing speed up to four times faster to enhance faster experience when accessing online content.

The installation of the new Opera data servers in Kenya is also part of Opera’s strategy to continue leading the digital transformation of Africa.

“Kenya is a hyper-connected country with 86% of its population already online. The challenge is supplying users with uninterrupted and quick internet connectivity,” said Krystian Zubel, IT Director at Opera. “With the installation of our local data servers in Mombasa, we are improving connectivity speeds and meeting the needs of millions of connected Kenyans.”

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The new data servers are located in the iColo.io MBA1 data center facility.

“We feel privileged to be supporting Opera in their African growth and efforts to improve connectivity across Kenya. Using our strong community of connectivity partners, content delivery networks and global networks in Mombasa, Opera can reach their end users in the most reliable manner,” said Ranjith Cherickel, CEO at iColo.io.

Mr. Ranjith said Opera is reducing connection latency and providing Kenyans with swifter browsing.

Opera Mini is a fast and lightweight application and is currently the most downloaded browser in Kenya on Android devices.

According to AppAnne in February 2020 the mobile browser is equipped with unique features that make it stand out from pre-installed browsers, such as offline file sharing, ad blocker, media downloader, and its popular data compression technology.

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“Data costs keep representing a major challenge for millions of people across Africa as it limits their ability to access the internet. In Kenya the cost of one gigabyte of mobile data is twice as expensive as in Nigeria. However, Kenyans enjoy better internet speeds than Nigerians and those in other African countries,” said Zubel.

The company has ambitious plans to expand the presence of their data servers to more African countries and continue enhancing the digital lives of millions of internet users across the continent.

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