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Carrier pigeon beats broadband

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The BBC website is also carrying an amusing article today that a carrier pigeon in South Africa has delivered a chunky set of data faster than that managed by the country’s broadband network.

Winston, an eleven-month old carrier pigeon, was given a 4GB datastick and took 68 minutes to cover the 60 miles between the call centre of an IT company and its head office in Durban, beating the electronic transmission of the same data by over an hour. Unlimited IT, the company responsible, said that just 4% of the data had been transmitted before Winston arrived at his destination.

The South African telecoms provider, Telkom, courageously defended its network provision without, it seems, confessing to having resorted to using the services of Dastardly and Muttley


Written by Calvin

10/09/2009 at 2:57 pm

Posted in Communications policy

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