By Richard Udofia

ONe of Nigeria’s online classified platform, Payporte global system recently established a partnership deal with an e-service medium, Opera mini web pass to provide free 100,000 days of free internet service to customers. Managing Director of Payporte company, Mr. Eyo Bassey, made this known in Lagos at the official launching of the companies partnership as this move will boost more participation online.

OPERA-AND-PAYPORTEBassey said that, this feat was made possible through Opera’s web pass, which enables brands to sponsor no-cost internet access through mobile operators to provide their customers with easy-to-understand method of accessing the net.

He stated that this is one innovative way by which these companies encourage more customers to get involve more actively on the internet because of the numerous activities available on the net. He said the e-commerce market is changing the way many Nigerians shop these days. Our company is thrilled to provide free internet to current and future online shoppers and give them a taste for everything the internet has to offer,” Bassey added.

However, he maintained that the company will be responsible for all the costs prospective and active customers who surf the net to buy goods from opera mini platform. Bassey claimed that there is no restriction to customers who visit the online platform to purchase commodities of any kind, be it used or new goods.


However he maintained that, data usage in Nigeria remains low in comparison to mobile penetration. Initiative as this, aim to provide a free taste of the internet for those who do not regularly go online. Having presence in Ghana, Kenya, South-Africa among others, our outfit is not moved by price mechanism in the market as we remain the only classified company to still be operating at N160 to a dollar, he said.

E-commerce is revolutionising the way many Nigerians shop. Our company is thrilled to provide free internet to current and future online shoppers and give them a taste for everything the internet has to offer,” Bassey added.    On trafficking congestion, the managing director admitted that measures are in place to manage illegal penetration and checkmate saboteurs while also promising more involvement of other Telcos to key into this innovation.

As part of its corporate social service to offer free browsing services to customers, he promised to ensure more e-services rural penetration, as more telcos and service providers are on the brink of commencing swift partnership at attaining this goal. The business development manager, operator sales of Opera mini, Mr. Murray Spark, said that as at July this year, an average of twenty three million subscribers surf the net using Opera mini.

Spark said that numerous benefits await   customers who surf the net to subscribe for products as they will end up using only 10 percent daily of their data plan as against other plan, thereby saving 90 percent. Vice President Africa of Opera Software, Richard Monday, stated that Opera Software endeavours to pioneer solutions that facilitate low or no-cost access to mobile internet. We are excited to work with Payporte and our operator partners in Nigeria to help bring more people online,” Monday added.

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