Broadband slower than a pigeon in some countries

By Guan Sin

I heard on BBC World Service radio an hour ago of this very interesting story. A pigeon was used to compare with the data transfer using a broadband connection in South Africa. A 4GB memory stick was attached to the pigeon called Winston as the data carrier. The data destination was somewhere 60 miles away. Winston took two hours to finish off the job, whereas the poor Telkom ADSL only did 4% of the data.

The story gives an interesting perspective commonly known in the IT circle. Sometimes mixing old and new methods can be the best method of achieving something. A same analogy is to copy the huge amount of data into a hard disk, ask an office boy to carry it in a bus, to the remote office for offloading the data. Not only is it faster, but it is more cost effective.

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