Sep 16 2009
I am happy to report that this bird, the lowly pigeon, is faster than the Internet. Yes, faster than broadband.
An I.T. company proved it recently when users of South Africa’s largest Internet provider, Telkom, complained their ADSL broadband speeds were so slow it would be faster to deliver the information via carrier pigeon.
Always up for a challenge the pigeons responded, “Bring it on!” They deputized a carrier pigeon named Winston to fly a 4GB memory stick 60 miles from Howick to Durban.
As Winston’s owner released him on his journey, staff at Unlimited IT clicked on the download button to start transferring the same 4GB over the Internet from their Howick to Durban offices.
Winston made the trip in 1 hour 8 minutes. Broadband delivered the data in nearly twice the time: 2 hours 6 minutes.
So if you want to deliver a lot of data quickly, hire a pigeon.
For the BBC video of this amazing feat, click here.
(photo by Chuck Tague)