Opera Software and KDDI today announced that the Opera Web browser will be provided on the BREW (Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless) based Casio W21CA mobile phone for the Japanese market. This is the first Opera Web browser phone launched by KDDI and Opera since the announcement of their partnership in August. The phone will be distributed for KDDI’s 3G CDMA network in Japan, making Opera the first full Web browser deployed in the Japanese 3G CDMA network.
KDDI is the second largest mobile operator in Japan with over 6 million BREW phones shipped as of the end of September 2004. KDDI is now ready to provide next generation services and has chosen Opera to fulfill the promise of 3G capabilities.
“With a market eager to experience evolved mobile communications, a crucial part of that experience will be how impressively users can browse the Internet and how rich Web content will be. Opera is the ideal mobile Web application to browse the full Web because of its speed, usability, and unique SSR (Small-Screen Rendering) technology,” says Mr. Toshio Maki, Vice President & General Manager, “au” Service & Product Planning Division, “au” Business Sector, KDDI. “Opera is the best browser to utilize the high-speed access capabilities of the 3G CDMA network, making the Casio W21CA a truly powerful and versatile 3G mobile phone.”
In August, Opera announced it had delivered its port for the BREW application development platform with KDDI to service full Web browsing on KDDI’s 3G CDMA network. Both companies have made it their top priority to provide a 3G device to the waiting market. The Casio W21CA is the first phone deployed of this convergence.
“We are very excited to now launch our first phone together with KDDI for their own 3G CDMA network,” says Jon S. von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera Software. “KDDI is creatively spearheading the telecom development in Japan with a focus on the end-user experience. With Opera, KDDI subscribers get a powerful and user-friendly browser that enables them to surf the full Internet fast and efficiently on their mobile phones.”