Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Conroy thinks our internet is slow

It's not.

But South Africa's is.

There a homing pigeon could deliver data faster.

Yes - a homing pigeon with a 4G memory stick attached to its leg.

The BBC reports:

"A Durban IT company pitted an 11-month-old bird armed with a 4GB memory stick against the country's biggest web firm, Telkom.

Winston the pigeon took two hours to carry the data - in the same time the ADSL had sent 4% of the data.

The firm said Winston took one hour and eight minutes to fly 60 miles between its two offices, and the data took another hour to upload on to their system.

The ADSL transmission of the same data size was about 4% complete in the same time."