Norway is a leading information society with a highly developed mobile market. The Oslo region is a key driver and centre for research, development and business. A combination of unique expertise, strong R&D environments, early adapters and advanced users with strong purchasing power has made the region an excellent test market for new and innovative ICT products and services. Opportunities for applying new technologies to sectors such as oil and gas, ocean industries and life sciences are also a strong incentive for innovation. Oslo-based ICT companies with international success include Telenor, one of the fastest growing providers of mobile communications services worldwide, Opera Software, game producers Funcom and Chipcon, sold to Texas Instruments in 2006.