With millions of Russian supporters, Opera Software makes a home for itself in St. Petersburg

Opera-logo-JPGTo Russia with love!

Opera Software today officially established its new office in Saint Petersburg, Russia, in an effort to expand its presence in the Russian market. This office will mainly be responsible for Opera’s activities in Russia and provide more support for local Opera users as well as for Web developers, partners and customers.

The Russian community of Opera users is the largest in the world, as immense support for Opera has traditionally stemmed from that region. The Opera desktop browser is the browser leader in Russia, with more than 31.7 percent of the Russian market share (StatCounter, March 2010). Opera’s mobile browsers, Opera Mini and Opera Mobile, approximate account for 82 percent of the Russian mobile Web-surfing market. Opera currently partners with several leading Russian telecoms and service providers, including MTS, Mail.Ru, MegaFon, OZON.ru and Yandex.

“Russia is a priority region for Opera, and we have already garnered incredible support and recognition of the Opera browser in this country. By immersing ourselves in the Russian community with a local presence, we are able to better respond to the needs of our Russian consumers,” said Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software. “With this new office in St. Petersburg, we are proving our dedication to our Russian users and letting them know that we’re not going anywhere. I hope that through this effort, we reach a better understanding of what Russian users, Web developers and partners want and need from Opera.”

Prior to the establishment of its Saint Petersburg office, Opera was present in Russia at major industry events such as forums, conferences and barcamps. In addition, Opera organized regular University tours, educating students, teachers and developers on the benefits of open Web standards. Opera’s new Russian office will allow the company to expand their local activities and be closer to its users.

Opera’s Saint Petersburg office is located on Primorsky prospect, 54/A/1, Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Source: Opera

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