Former CTO Ericsson Mobile Phones Joins Opera's Board of Directors

6/21/2004 - Opera Software's Annual General Meeting elected Dr. Nils Rydbeck, the former CTO of Ericsson Mobile Phones, to its Board of Directors.

Dr. Rydbeck, MSEE, PhD, PhD h.c., served as CTO and Senior Vice President R&D of Ericsson Mobile Phones between 1985-2001. Since 2002 he has combined being Professor of Communication Systems at Lund University, Sweden, with independent Executive Consultation. Dr. Rybeck is a Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences; a recipient of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences Gold Medal (1997) as well as the Telecom City Grand prize (1999). Blekinge Institute of Technology awarded him a an Honorary Doctorate degree (Ph.D. honoris causa) in 2000.

"Nils brings Opera's board unique competency in the mobile Internet market," says Christian Thommessen, Chairman, Opera Software ASA. "As Opera continues its expansion in the mobile market, he will be a key player in developing the company and its products in the best direction possible."

"A few years a go the telecommunications market saw little use in open Web technologies. But by pushing innovation and great engineering, Opera has in a very short time completely changed the industry landscape. Opera's Small-Screen Rendering innovation has sensibly Web-enabled devices, and Opera Platform is in the process of bringing fun, revenue-generating data services directly in front of users everywhere," says Dr. Nils Rydbeck.

About Opera Software ASA
Opera Software ASA is an industry leader in the development of Web browser technology, targeting the desktop, smartphone, PDA, iTV and vertical markets. Partners include companies such as IBM, Nokia, Sony, Motorola, Adobe, Macromedia, Symbian, Canal+ Technologies, Sony Ericsson, Kyocera, Sharp, Motorola Metroworks, MontaVista Software, BenQ, Sendo and AMD. The Opera browser has received international recognition from users, industry experts and media for being faster, smaller and more standards-compliant than other browsers.

Opera's browser technology is cross-platform and modular, and currently available on the following operating systems: Windows, Linux, Mac OS, Symbian OS, QNX, TRON, FreeBSD, Solaris and Mediahighway.

Opera Software ASA is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, with development centers in Linkoping and Gothenburg, Sweden, and a sales representative in Austin, TX. The company is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol OPERA. Learn more about Opera at

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