India’s Sistema Shyam TeleServices Limited (SSTL) has signed an agreement with Opera Software that would enable MTS customers to download Opera Mini browser on a range of mobile phone models from handset manufacturers such as Samsung, ZTE, Haier, Huawei, Micromax and Hisense. Opera Mini offers users with a desktop-like web-browsing experience from their mobile phones. Server-side compression technology reduces data consumption by up to 90 percent and provides Opera Mini users with significantly faster page loading. Opera Mini is the leading browser used by more than 71 million people on more than 3000 mobile phone models. “MTS is committed to provide a world-class voice and data experience to all its customers. Our latest agreement with Opera Software further strengthens this resolve. The move to provide the facility of downloading Opera Mini software on a range of mobile handsets is bound to significantly enhance the browsing experience of customers on the MTS network,” added Leonid Musatov, chief marketing officer, SSTL. “With around a 350 percent increase in the unique-user growth over the past year and it being home to the third-largest number of Opera Mini users globally, India has proven to be one of our fastest growing markets. Additionally, we already partner with MTS in other countries such as Russia, Belarus and Ukraine. It was a natural progression for us to extend our relationship into emerging markets such as India,” said Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software. MTS users can now directly download Opera Mini browser by browsing through MY MTS Zone on their handsets. The access path being MY MTS ? Mobile Shop ? Opera Mini Browser.