More than 5.2 million web users have made use of compression technology when surfing the web, says Opera.

The browser developer released Opera Turbo in September last year. The technology, which is available in its desktop and mobile browsers, compresses the bandwidth of text and data files on websites by up to 80 percent to ensure pages load faster.

Opera said more than 25.8 billion compressed pages have been viewed in the past year. Should this data have been consumed uncompressed, it would equal 319 times the entire contents of Wikipedia.

Furthemore, Opera said one in 10 have used the function to improve browsing when using a slow internet connection.

The browser developer said the technology was most popular with web users in Russia, closely followed by those in the Ukraine and India.

"Prior to the launch of Opera Turbo, we expected that this technology would be adopted first and foremost by those with dial-up connections and limited broadband," said Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software.

"We are delighted to see Opera Turbo helping users to power-up in a wide variety of countries for a wide variety of needs. It is rewarding to celebrate the anniversary of Opera Turbo with such significant speed gains and cost savings for users across the globe."

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