Industria Selects Opera for Devices to Power Zignal IPTV Solution

1/6/2006 - Opera Software, a global leader in Web browser technologies, announced its partnership with Industria, a leading broadband communication solutions provider and IPTV systems integrator. Iceland-based Industria will use the fast and feature-rich Opera 8.5 for Devices for its new IPTV software solution, called Zignal. Zignal, with Opera as a part of its package, will provide a wide range of revenue-generating IPTV services on set-top boxes (STBs).

Opera enhances Industria's Zignal solution by enabling the rapid development of Web-based solutions for IPTV. Zignal's IPTV services include digital broadcast TV, video-on-demand (VoD), personal video recording (PVR), digital radio and on-line gaming. Using open Web standards, Opera allows for easy portability and accelerates the pace for developing dynamic user interfaces and cutting-edge Web applications. Opera also offers Zignal the fastest rendering and JavaScript engines available on the market today.

"We have chosen Opera because of its superior performance and its support for the open Web standards on which Zignal is based," says Gudjon Mar Gudjonsson, CEO, Industria. "Like Zignal, Opera runs on most types of STBs, and proved itself to be faster than any other browser we tested."

"The combination of the Opera browser and Industria's Zignal IPTV creates a powerful solution for the rapid deployment of next generation, Web-based TV," says Scott Hedrick, Executive Vice President, Opera Software. "We are excited about our expanded partnership with Industria and believe that our solution will accelerate the industry's move toward the use of open Web technology in TV."

Opera 8.5 is available for the IPTV, consumer electronics, other device types. To request an Opera evaluation kit, visit Opera for Devices

About Opera for Devices
Opera provides an optimized implementation of Internet technologies for digital TV and other devices, with innovative and powerful features that seamlessly adapt the Internet experience to suit varying screen sizes and input devices. In addition to being a full Internet browser, Opera is an execution environment for Web applications and dynamic user interfaces based on interoperable open Web technologies such as AJAX.

About Opera Software ASA
Opera Software ASA is an industry leader in the development of Web browser technology, targeting the desktop, mobile, digital TV, consumer electronics and other devices. Partners include companies such as IBM, Nokia, Motorola, Adobe, Symbian, Sony Ericsson, Kyocera, Sharp, Freescale, MontaVista Software, Sigma 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: Linux, Windows, Windows Mobile, Mac OS, Symbian OS, BREW, QNX, TRON, FreeBSD, Solaris and Mediahighway. The Opera browser is also available as a Java-based (J2ME) browser solution called Opera Mini for the world's 700 million Java-enabled mobile phones.

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