We received a request from one of our visitors to explain the following article on the Internet:
Our response was:
Well, actually yes, I think so.
It appears from the report (if all factual), that little Winston was quite a flyer! According to the article: "Winston the pigeon, who last year famously proved that it was faster to send data by carrier pigeon than on an ADSL line operated by South Africa’s main web firm. To the surprise of few internet users in South Africa, Winston flew a 4GB memory stick 60 miles in the same time the Telkom line had sent only 4 percent of the data."
ADSL is Asymetrical DSL. The upload speed is considerably slower than the download speed. So let's assume the test used an upload speed of 768kbps. According to the calculation we used (see
Not to be overly analytical, but the a pigeon can fly pretty fast - up to 60mph, usually averaging 30mph (see
How cool is that!
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