The telecommunications industry in the Union of South Africa is bested by centuries old technology and a few ounces of bird seed.
FRUSTRATED IT workers have shown that a pigeon can transfer data faster than a major internet service provider (ISP).The worker strapped an SD card to a carrier pigeon and and had it fly about 70 miles to another office.
Workers at a South African information technology company this week proved it was faster for them to transmit data with a carrier pigeon than to send it using Telkom, the country's leading ISP.
Africa's largest economy has poor internet speed and connectivity – and high costs - because of a bandwidth shortage.
The transfer took two hours, six minutes and 57 seconds – including downloading from the pigeon's card...During that time, only four per cent of the data was transferred using a Telkom line.Mheh. Could it be the bandwidth is taken up by porn-related transmissions?
Note: Carrier pigeons are actually domesticated rock pigeons. Pigeons have been used to transfer information for over 2,000 years. The Romans used them. The Romans were also the very first to develop over night shipping with carrier eagles.