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Friday, September 11, 2009

Carrier Pigeon Beats Broadband

An Unlimited IT staffer complained about the speed of South Africa's broadband, saying information could be shared faster "by carrier pigeon." Unlimited IT decided to put the claim to the test, and so requisitioned one Winston: Carrier Pigeon.

A 4GB stick was strapped to Winston's leg and he was sent from Unlimited's call center hometown, Howick, to the firm's home offices in Durban. Meanwhile, an ADSL connection between computers in the towns was established and a file transfer of the same data was started.

Winston made the trip in one hour, eight minutes; it took another hour to upload the information from the 4GB stick to the computer system - a grand total of just over two hours.
The ADSL transfer was at 4%!

Three new lines are being laid around the African continent to improve Internet connections.

© C Harris Lynn, 2009

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