Vodafone to extend net access

Vodafone said it will launch the Opera Mini browser on low-cost handsets so its millions of users in emerging markets can easily access the internet. The firm said it had worked with Opera to develop an enhanced version of Opera Mini 5, which gives internet access to lower and mid-tier handsets connected to the more basic second generation, or 2G, networks. Oslo-listed Opera's shares rose seven per cent after the statement.