With 50 million Indian users, CEO Lars Boilesen says now it’s like home market


Despite being one of the first web browsers that the world got used to Opera has been able to stay ahead of the game by implementing a mobile-first strategy that has now started showing dividends. With over 50 million of its 350 million plus users in India, the Norway-based software company claims to offer the cheapest access to Internet across the world. Opera Mini is now the third largest app in India after Facebook and Whatsapp. Excerpts from an interview with Opera Software CEO Lars Boilesen.

How important is India for you?

Just a few days ago we crossed 50 million monthly active users in India. It is clearly the biggest market for Opera Software. We can even say that this is our home market now. Half our users here are using Android and it shows how fast growing the market is… our goal is to reach 100 million. Only 20 per cent of the population here is connected and our vision since we came to India in 2006 has been to connect the unconnected.

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