Opera to make big announcement at CTIA?
Originally, Opera dealt with cellphone makers starting back in 2002 when their browser was placed on some Nokia devices. Handset manufacturers with current deals include HTC, Sony Ericsson, and Samsung. Because U.S. carriers have a huge influence over the country's cellphone industry, the firm from Oslo feels they can capture more business in America by dealing with the carriers instead of the phone manufacturers. Dealing directly with the carriers might help Opera sell their new OperaTurbo service which allows up to 80% of traffic on a network to be compressed thanks to the use of special servers and optimization. Turbo was launched in beta last week and while it is in use for desktop browsing currently, it is expected to be made available for the company's mobile browsing products in the future. The service allows operators to suffer fewer traffic jams on their network while giving the user a faster and smoother web experience. It will also allow operators to collect ad revenues for themselves and Opera, but putting up with some ads might not be a bad trade-off if faster surfing is the result.
For those of you web junkies with feature phones, or with smartphones that have crummy browsers, the announcement that Opera makes in Vegas could have a great deal of influence on how your web browsing experience will fare in the not so distant future.
source: Forbes via BGR