Search giant, Opera Limited has just announced the successful installation of new local servers (data centers) in Nigeria, which according to it, would enable 4X faster browsing across Nigeria
The public-listed search company- Opera Limited (Nasdaq: OPRA), which is also one of the world’s major browser developers as well as a leader in AI-driven content, will now offer the fastest browsing experience with its new Nigeria data centers.
The disclosure about the latest development was made in a press release by the company, sighted via various media outlets. According to the publication, the new data center is located in Lagos, precisely in Lekki– within the MDXi Lekki Data Centre in Lagos, Nigeria, which is also the largest leading data center in West Africa.
Also in the press release, Opera informed that the installation of a local server is done in line with its goal of improving the online experience of its fast-growing user base in Nigeria. At that, online browsing will be much faster than what it used to be, allowing for a connection time of up to 4X faster than before. Also, the new experience will not be limited to web browsers alone, but mobile browsers as well.
“At Opera, we know how important speed is for people’s internet experience,’ said Krystian Zubel, IT Director at Opera. “With the launch of our first local data servers in Nigeria, we’re taking another leap forward in user experience, providing millions of people with a faster browsing and news experience,” Zubel added.
Opera has had a keen interest in the Africa nations lately, and while the countries in the region ranked among those with the slowest internet connectivity in 2019– the search giant has been trying its best to change the narratives in the coming years. Hence the reason for the installation of a data center in Nigeria.
“In Nigeria, there are more than 110 million internet users with an expected increase to 188 million within the next four years. These numbers represent a major challenge for technology companies who will need to invest more in digital infrastructure to guarantee a high-quality online experience for millions of internet users. With the new local servers, Opera is taking one step further in assisting the growth of the digital ecosystem in the region.” the press release reads.
As for other benefits to enjoy from the new data center, Opera told that internet users in Nigeria will immediately get a snappier browsing experience. On that note, a test was conducted on the new service, and it did show a noticeable difference, with a 4x improvement in the response time for the users with the fastest network conditions. In addition, overall browsing has also become faster with the implementation of intelligent caching mechanisms.
The new data servers are already providing service to Opera users in Nigeria. Their installation has been one of the fastest in Opera’s history thanks to the work of local and international engineers who set up the servers.