Opera Expands Operations in Iceland

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Opera Software has signed an agreement with Nordic IT company Advania for the expansion of its operations in Advania’s Thor Data Center in Iceland. The new agreement continues the ongoing buildup at the data center with a near doubling of Opera’s current capacity. Opera Software uses the data center to facilitate web browsing for more than 230 million Opera Mini users around the world. Already more than half of Iceland’s Internet traffic runs through the Advania Thor Data Center, and this expansion is set to increase this traffic even further.

Affordable Green Energy, Free Cooling

Opera Software was one of the first companies to seize the opportunity represented by Iceland’s affordable green energy and free cooling. This allows for an extremely efficient operation while still maintaining harmony with the environment since there are no carbon emissions from Iceland’s energy production.

Environmental Responsibility

“We are pleased to be able to continue on the road of environmental responsibility in Iceland, especially since this allows us to expand our capacity to serve our customers whilst keeping our low carbon footprint intact. The co-operation of Opera Software and Advania has been advantageous for both parties. The current expansion is a testament to the foresight we had when the decision was taken to develop data center operations in Iceland back in 2010,” explained Anthony Nichols, VP IT of Opera Software. 

Continued Trust

“It’s very important for us to have the continued trust of Opera Software and to be able to support the company with its continued success. Advania aims to be a trusted business partner who supports clients in their work, ensuring that their operations are second to none. This business partnership is built for the long haul,” commented Gestur G. Gestsson, CEO of Advania.

About Advania and Advania Thor Data Center

Advania is a Nordic IT company that operates throughout Scandinavia. The company traces its history of service to business and the public sector all the way back to 1939. Advania covers all aspects of information technology, offering customers integrated services in software, consulting, hardware, IT operations, hosting and data center services. Advania Thor Data Center is arguably the world‘s greenest data center. All of the energy used at the site is generated from renewable sources and less is used for cooling due to the cool climate in Iceland. 

About Opera Software ASA

Opera Software was founded in 1994, based on the idea that access to the web should be a universal right. Around 300 million people use the Opera web browsers for computers, mobile phones, TVs and other connected devices. Opera also delivers tools, distribution, engagement, monetization and market insights to developers, publishers and brands around the world. Opera Software ASA is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange.