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Opera Boosts Browsing Speeds

Opera Turbo uses server-side technology to enable cellular carriers and device makers to optimize bandwidth for mobile Web surfers.

Opera Software wants to speed up Web surfing on desktops and mobiles, and it will introduce a way for businesses to optimize bandwidth.

Opera Turbo will be aimed at device operators and wireless carriers, and the company said it can compress traffic by up to 80% while offering support for Web technologies like Ajax and Flash. Opera will utilize server-side technology to keep up with consumers' demands for the mobile Web without overtaxing the networks.

"We are living in a time and place where access to the Web should be a universal right to all. Technology has advanced us to the point that we can very nearly access the Internet anytime and anywhere from a growing number of devices," Opera CEO Jon von Tetzchner said in a statement. "As part of Opera's commitment to provide the best experience on any device, Opera has developed the Opera Turbo solution."

Opera Mini is one of the most widely used mobile browsers in the world with about 20 million users, and it's available on a variety of handsets like Research In Motion's BlackBerrys and multiple Windows Mobile smartphones. The Java ME-based browser works by rendering Web pages on an Opera server before sending them to the handset, and this reduces bandwidth needs. Opera drew upon this experience to develop Opera Turbo, the company said.

As consumers accelerate browsing the Web from their cell phones, the market for mobile browsers will become increasingly competitive. Opera already has to compete with on-deck browsers like Microsoft's Internet Explorer Mobile and Apple's mobile Safari, but a new crop of mobile browsers is vying for market share.

Startup Skyfire uses similar server-side methods to deliver Flash and other Web technologies to smartphones, and it recently added social networking features. Mozilla also is preparing a mobile browser of its own, and the Fennec browser recently showed up on Windows Mobile.

Low-risk, low-cost technologies help IT ensure that staffers on the road spend more time on work and less on workarounds. An InformationWeek report, "Five Ways To Arm Your Remote Warriors," offers tips on how to deliver new levels of connectivity, security, and happiness to your traveling contingent (registration required).

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