Sep 10 2009   4:23PM GMT

Pigeon fancier

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It appears that UK broadband users should be thankful what they get, even though it’s a long way short of the advertised headline speeds.
A South Africa financial services company pitted its local broadband service against a pigeon to send a four gigabyte file 80 km. The pigeon, Winston, arrived with his encrypted USB stick in 2:06:57 hours, by which time 4% of the file had arrived over the wires.
His owner reckons that with training Winston could cut his time to 45 minutes.
That’s what Downtime would call superfast broadband.

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  • wedding photographer essex
    Thats excellent, I wonder if I can borrow him for some of my wedding data? Broadband in the UK is sometimes so slow...

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  • Anonymous
    "The firm said Winston took one hour and eight minutes to fly between the offices, and the data took another hour to upload on to their system. "

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