Opera to invest $100 million to grow digital economy across Africa

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Opera, the developer of the most popular mobile browser in Africa,  plans to invest $100 million, over the next two years in order to facilitate the growth of the digital economy.

Opera is investing in developing a state-of-the-art artificial intelligence engine for smartphone users that will ensure content discovery is at the heart of the browser.

The company will use the investment to speed up internet adoption in Africa and strengthen the internet ecosystem with local partners.

Richard Monday, Vice President of Africa, Opera Software, said Africa is a very important market for Opera.

Nine of the top 20 Opera Mini user countries are from Africa.

“We aim to invest heavily in Africa, to build a local platform and grow with the local business partners. This platform will expand the user base for content providers, e-commerce businesses,operators, OEM’s and others to strengthen the African internet ecosystem,” said Monday.

Currently, Opera has operations in Cape Town and Johannesburg in South Africa and is expanding with new offices in Lagos, Nigeria and Nairobi, Kenya to support business and product development.

It plans to hire around 100 people for these offices over the next three years.

Recently, the company celebrated 100 million monthly users in Africa.

Source: cajnewsafrica.com

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Thabo Mphahlele is the BizNis Africa Head of Sales and Marketing. Mphahlele was previously MultiChoice Production Support Analyst responsible for developing and monitoring applications. In addition, Mphahlele develops and automates batch scripts and is responsible for the daily infrastructure maintenance at MultiChoice. As a Production Support Analyst, he is responsible for incident analysis solving , developing and constructing business reports for SQL and Oracle and implement change controls for the business. Additional responsibility includes monitoring system performance via SOA, Kibaba (Elasticsearch), H.P BSM, HP Sitescope. Mphahlele is responsible for creating infrastructure performance reports through HP Ops Analytics, monitoring payments via Splunk and in-house built-in tool and disaster recovery simulation and testing. At Nashua Mobile, he was responsible for application development and enhancing the web sites At South West Gauteng College, he was the IT Technician and Network Administrator. During his tenure at Double Digit Media, he was he focused on application and web site development for new and existing clients Mphahlele contributes as a Content Manager for BizNis Africa.

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