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Telenor Group picks Opera’s Skyfire in Alcatel Lucent deal

Caroline Ng | June 25, 2013
Telenor Group appoints Skyfire for mobile optimisation technology in 11 countries around Asia and Europe, under a deal with Alcatel Lucent.

Telenor Group has announced yesterday that Skyfire, a subsidiary of Opera Software, has been appointed to deliver video and Internet optimisation, under a global frame agreement concurrently signed with Alcatel Lucent.

The agreement will see Alcatel Lucent to enhance mobile Internet experience by using Skyfire as a main supplier for Telenor's clients in 11 countries around Asia and Europe. It is expected to first roll out to selected Southeast Asian countries, the company said in a statement.

The global framework agreement was first signed in 2010 between Opera and Telenor to create innovative technologies, including Opera Mini, a mobile browser, and a web pass solution for data purchases.

Although originally a three-year contract, Opera and Skyfire will have the potential to extend as the amount of Telenor's clients installing Skyfire's cloud engine, Rocket Optimizer, in their data centres grow.

Rocket Optimizer is a compression technology that optimises Telenor's mobile video and data traffic on 2G, 3G and 4G LTE networks.

Jeff Glueck, EVP of operator solutions at Opera and chief executive at Skyfire, said Telenor has chosen Skyfire Rocket Optimizer for its qualities as a "flexible, virtualisation-ready, software-defined solution".

Lars Boilesen, chief executive of Opera, said the partnership with Telenor marks another milestone since Skyfire was acquired less than six months ago.


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