A South African information technology company chose a novel way to prove how slow the country’s leading Internet service provider Telkom was, they strapped a memory card to a pigeon and had a data transfer race.
Winston, an 11-month-old pigeon flew from Unlimited IT’s Pietermaritzburg offices to Durban, a distance of 80km. The flight took one hour and eight minutes.
When the time it took to transfer the data to and from the memory card was added to the flight time, the total was two hours, six minutes and 57 seconds. At completion of the pigeon-carried transfer, the Telkom download was only 4% of the way through.