A interesting article on how Opera is the most used browser in Belarus.
By contrast, all the Norwegian company behind Opera can offer is the best feature set it can craft and the fastest browser it can make. But that turned out to be the best strategy in Belarus, which remains a largely socialist state with the infrastructure to match, including a state-run communications monopoly, Beltelcom. “One of the main reasons why Opera has a large market share in Belarus is because of the Internet infrastructure in the country; it was pretty bad a few years ago,” Espen André Øverdahl, one of Opera’s community managers wrote in an email, pointing to features that allow users to strip out images and other bandwidth-gobbling web extras.
Looks like Opera’s Turbo feature did the trick for them. It’s a useful feature to have, especially in the developing world where internet speeds are still nothing to boast about. It’s a bit surprising though that none of the other major browsers have this feature built-into them.