Ever hear of the browser Opera? One of the four biggest web browser out there with over 270 million users worldwide. No? Well the people of Belarus have and they bloody love it!
Belarus is a small, landlocked country with the population of around 9 million people.
Its a socialist state and the government have the monopoly over its telecoms and internet. An article on theatlantic.com tries to explain why Opera is the most popular browser there. It boils down to something that effects us all, the economy. Internet is expensive in Belarus and the average monthly income is low. As a result of this a lot of people have a slower internet connection. Opera contains certain features that make it great for this kind of user because it can disable things like images and other extras that can cripple bandwidth.
I’ve only briefly touched the surface here, but the article provides interesting insight into things that you may not initially think about when thinking of the web and how and why people use it. Go and give it a read at this link. Let me know what you thought in the comment section. Did you know of Opera already and its benefits to slow internet speed users? Did you know that Chrome is Europe’s number one web browser? Did you know Belarus existed? Tell me in the comments.