Turbo Technology in Opera 10 Adopted by Millions
Article by George Norman
On 22 Oct 2009
On the 1st of September Opera software released version 10.0 of the Opera browser to the public. One of the features included in the browser is Opera Turbo, a server-side technology that will compress data before sending it to your machine, allowing for greater surfing speeds on a poor internet connection. Since the release of Opera 10 almost two months ago, about 3 million unique Opera users took advantage of Opera Turbo and viewed almost 668 million web pages in compressed format.

That is what Opera Turbo does: it boosts browsing speeds on limited bandwidth connections by compressing network traffic and by not loading Flash content – a notification box will inform you that Flash content has not been loaded; confirm that you want to see this content and it will be downloaded. Apart from Flash content, which is only loaded at the user’s request, there are some other items that escape the Turbo traffic compression: GIF files and SSL-protected content.


Opera Turbo is not very useful on a high-speed internet connection. But when you have to contend with a low bandwidth connection, Opera Turbo shines. For example when you connect to the web thought a dial-up connection, or when you connect to the web though a free WiFi hotspot. Thanks to Opera Turbo the size of a web page is reduced by as much as 80%. It sounds great, I know. And the 3 million people that used Opeara Turbo until now know it too.

Opera Software CEO, Jon von Tetzchner, comments: “The numbers tell us that Opera Turbo solves critical bandwidth issues. People everywhere experience either slow, congested networks or must pay as they go for Web access. It is an issue that affects everyone, from the business traveler to the Internet café user. Opera Turbo has become universally useful.”

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