[LINK] Carrier pigeon delivers data faster than Telkom

grove at zeta.org.au grove at zeta.org.au
Fri Sep 11 11:11:02 AEST 2009

On Fri, 11 Sep 2009, Bernard Robertson-Dunn wrote:

> <brd>
> From the "it couldn't happen here?" file
> </brd>

They had to wait 4 hours and 11 minutes to copy all the data off the very slow USB thumb drive though ;)


> Carrier pigeon delivers data faster than Telkom
> From correspondents in Johannesburg, South Africa
> Reuters
> September 10, 2009 08:06am
> http://www.news.com.au/story/0,27574,26052683-23109,00.html
> A SOUTH African information technology company has proved it was faster
> for them to transmit data with a carrier pigeon than to send it using
> Telkom , the country's leading internet service provider.
> Internet speed and connectivity in Africa's largest economy are poor
> because of a bandwidth shortage. It is also expensive.
> Local news agency SAPA reported the 11-month-old pigeon, Winston, took
> one hour and eight minutes to fly the 80km from Unlimited IT's offices
> near Pietermaritzburg to the coastal city of Durban with a data card was
> strapped to his leg.
> Including downloading, the transfer took two hours, six minutes and 57
> seconds - the time it took for only four per cent of the data to be
> transferred using a Telkom line.
> SAPA said Unlimited IT performed the stunt after becoming frustrated
> with slow internet transmission times.
> The company has 11 call-centres around the country and regularly sends
> data to its other branches.
> Telkom could not immediately be reached for comment.
> Internet speed is expected to improve once a new 17,000km underwater
> fibre-optic cable linking southern and East Africa to other networks
> becomes operational before South Africa hosts the soccer World Cup next
> year.
> Local service providers are currently negotiating deals for more bandwidth.

Rachel Polanskis                 Kingswood, Greater Western Sydney, Australia
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