Messages were once carried by pigeon — and a test in South Africa pitting a pigeon named Winston against a local broadband provider found the bird was faster.
A Durban IT company this week, fed up with glacial speeds of data transmission, pitted an 11-month-old bird armed with a 4GB memory stick against the ADSL service from the country’s biggest web firm, Telkom.
Winston the pigeon took two hours to carry the data 60 miles – in the same time the ADSL had sent 4% of the data.
Telkom said it was not responsible for the firm’s slow internet speeds. South Africa is hoping the installation of fiber optic networks on the continent will soon speed things up a little.
The bird was said to be “over the moon” at his feat.