* Will show browser next week at trade show in Barcelona
* Has not yet submitted to App Store
* Analysts say Apple could try to block Opera
* Says sees no reason why Apple would not allow the move
* Opera shares up 0.5 percent vs falling sector
(Adds more analyst comments, background)
By Tarmo Virki, European technology correspondent
HELSINKI, Feb 10 Norwegian browser company
Opera Software (OPERA.OL) said it would reveal a version of its
Mini browser for Apple Inc's (AAPL.O) iPhone next week,
offering faster download speeds.
Opera said the browser would offer consumers up to six
times faster download speeds than Apple's own, and cut data
traffic by up to 90 percent. Massive data traffic from iPhone
mobile phones has caused problems for many operators'
Analysts said Apple could try to stop rivals from access to
the iPhone so as to maintain control of its Internet browsing
function, which has been a key behind the success of the
"This is a provocative move by Opera which will result in a
tricky and high profile PR exercise for Apple should it decide
not to allow Opera mini through the App Store," CCS Insight
analyst Geoff Blaber said.
Opera said it saw no reason why its browser, the world's
most widely used on cellphones, should be rejected. "We have
not submitted it yet to the Apple App Store. However, we hope
that Apple will not deny their users a choice in Web browsing
experience," said Jon von Tetzchner, co-founder of Opera.
In Europe Opera was the key driver behind the European
Union's push to have Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) open Windows to
Roger Kay, president of Endpoint Technologies Associates,
said there was little chance Apple would allow Opera browser to
be installed on the iPhone.
"Apple doesn't want Opera on the iPhone. The company isn't
open and already offers its own browser," Kay said.
Rob Enderle, analyst at Enderle Group, said FCC's
continuing review of Apple's anti-competitive practices --
after Google said it tried to stop access of Google Voice
application -- was likely to help Opera.
"They won't like it but will likely allow the application
through after a review period," he said.
Opera shares rose on the news and closed 0.5 percent higher
at 19.80 crowns on Oslo bourse. DJ Stoxx European technology
shares index .SX8P fell 0.5 percent.
An Apple spokesman did not immediately respond to a request
(Editing by Dan Lalor and Richard Chang)