Opera Software, the Norwegian developer of Opera Mini Browser, has launched OPay in Kenya. The platform enables users to shop and pay for services and products through their mobile or web browser. This service is reported to be part of Opera’s $100 million investment initiative that purposes to bolster Africa’s digital economy announced earlier this year.
“This mobile payment technology integrated into the Opera Mini browser will help Kenya continue the highest rate of mobile payment technology adoption in the world. More than 80 percent of the country’s population with access to a cell phone use it to pay for goods and services,” says Nuno Sitima, Executive Vice President of Payments and Fintech, Opera Software AS. “However, the challenges of long distances, difficult terrain and large rural populations who often lack access to formal banking systems are all addressed with OPay and the reach of the Opera Mini browser. Our ultimate goal is to fuel the growth of African businesses through a simple, affordable solution that can encompass many payment methods in one easy-to-use app.”
The service is currently in the following countries with the following services:
Kenya: Airtime top up, electricity, and water. Coming soon: cable TV and mobile data bundles.
Nigeria: Airtime top up.
And it is expected to launch in Ghana, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zimbabwe soon.
OPay Kenya Limited, which is a privately held company with affiliations with Opera Software Group, intends to take advantage of high penetration of mobile phones and Opera Mini’s market share to drive digital innovation.