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    Bird Beats Broadband! Pigeon Flies 4GBs Faster than South African DSL



    South Africa's broadband has got to be feeling pretty ill-equipped today considering a real, wing-flapping pigeon beat its transfer speeds. No really, a company found out that sending a bird with a 4GB USB drive was faster than uploading.

    That has got to hurt for Telkom, one of South Africa's main ADSL providers, but damn is Winston the pigeon feeling like the man today. He is telling all the other pigeons, how it took him two hours to carry the strapped-to-his-back flash drive 60 miles to the company's second office in Durban. In the same time the broadband service had only sent 4 percent of the data. You do the math but that is pretty damn slow upload speeds. No wonder the guys at Unlimited IT first joked that a bird could send files faster.

    This is just the kind of story I want to read to children at night (I'm thinking the picture book is called "Winston and the Broadband"). Let's hope South Africa gets those fiber optic lines installed soon or else a crap load of bird seed. [BBC]
    Funny, or sad? How would you describe your Internet connection, SA compatriots?

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    I think that could happen with any type of broadband. We just upgraded from a 2Mbit to a 16Mbit (well, nominally 8Mbit, but it works twice as fast as it should, we ain't conplaining) connection, which is high-end performance.

    That means, that the average data transfer speed with undivided bandwidth should be approx. 2MB/sec. Makes 120MB/min ... and means that 4GB would take 33' 20" to transfer, assuming constant uploading speed. Assuming that a pidgeon travels at her maximum speed of 60mph, it would mean that it would only be twice as fast with our broaband, and that at our broadband's nominal speed it'd be a close call.
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    In the SA press somebody was quoted as saying that the UL would have taken about 50 hours at the speed it was running but no other figures were given.

    Assuming the company was using a 1024 kilobits ADSL line (1024 up, 1024 down) that means the UL speed was around 185 kilobits / second or in other words, 5.5 times slower than the advertised 1024 kilobits it should have been running at.

    At 1024 kilobits it theoretically shouldn't have taken much more than 9 hours to complete which wouldn't have been too bad for SA......... (obviously one can't expect it to run at 100% but it should at least have been able to get 80% or so of the advertised speed).

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