Opera sets up office in India

Move is part of the mobile browser developer's plan to develop in-house software skills, and expand its presence in Asia.

Norway-based Opera Software on Monday announced plans to open a testing and development facility in Chandigarh, India.

The office will initially employ quality assurance testers to support the mobile browser developer's products, as well as 'Open the Web' evangelists, the company said in a statement. 'Open the Web' evangelists are Opera's Web technology experts assigned to help Web masters and developers create sites that are compliant with open standards.

Opera CEO Jon S. von Tetzchner said the company decided to open its own office, rather than work through a third-party provider, because this would be the most efficient way to improve its products while attracting India's highly-skilled employee base.

"The country's tremendous growth in both Internet users and mobile subscribers sets a strong foundation for our business objectives," Tetzchner said. "At the same time, investing in the technical talent that India produces will help accelerate innovation in the desktop, mobile and device markets."

Opera has development centers in Linkoping and Gothenburg, Sweden.

This latest announcement is part of Opera's continued plans to expand in Asia this year. Opera currently has offices in Japan and China.

The Norwegian company, which launched its Opera Mini browser in January, hopes to reach out to an international market, including large Asian mobile phone markets such as China and Korea.

Professionals interested in joining the Opera Indian team can find out more about the job openings at the company's Web site.