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article imagePigeon Carrier Faster Than South Africa's Major Internet Provider

By John Louie S. Ramos     Sep 10, 2009 in World
Frustrated with their Internet connection's speed and connectivity, Unlimited IT, an outsourcing company in South Africa illustrated how long it takes to transfer data in in Africa's largest economy.
Using Winston, an 11-month-old pigeon, Unlimited IT's Pietermaritzburg office sent a data card to one of their office in the coastal city of Durban. The 80 km (50 miles) journey took one hour and eight minutes for Winston. Including downloading, the pigeon-powered data transfer took two hours, six minutes and 57 seconds
On the other hand, using Telkom, the country's leading internet service provider, the same amount of time -- two hours, six minutes and 57 seconds was just enough to transfer four percent of the data.
"Unlimited IT performed the stunt after becoming frustrated with slow internet transmission times.. 'Telkom could not immediately be reached for comment."Reuters.com reports.
Because of bandwidth shortage, Internet connectivity is slow and expensive in South Africa, however, it is expected to improve once a new 17,000 km underwater fiber optic cable becomes operational.
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