Homing Pigeon Faster Than South Africa's Internet

South Africa's leading Internet service provider is facing some unexpected competition. A financial services company, frustrated with super-slow Internet speed, decided to try a homing pigeon instead. It strapped a memory card to the leg of a bird. By the time it arrived at the data's destination, 50 miles away, the Internet had managed to send only 4 percent of the information.

Copyright © 2009 NPR. For personal, noncommercial use only. See Terms of Use. For other uses, prior permission required.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.

South Africa's leading Internet service provider is facing some unexpected competition from a carrier pigeon. A financial services company, frustrated with the notoriously slow Internet speed, decided to try a bird instead. It strapped a memory card to the leg of Winston, a homing pigeon. By the time Winston arrived at the data's destination, 50 miles away, the Internet had managed to send only four percent of the information.

It's MORNING EDITION.

Copyright © 2009 NPR. All rights reserved. No quotes from the materials contained herein may be used in any media without attribution to NPR. This transcript is provided for personal, noncommercial use only, pursuant to our Terms of Use. Any other use requires NPR's prior permission. Visit our permissions page for further information.

NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by a contractor for NPR, and accuracy and availability may vary. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Please be aware that the authoritative record of NPR's programming is the audio.

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.