Things are not getting better all the time. Why? Because of lousy customer service and lack of competition. Case in point, a group called Unlimited IT played David to Telkom’s Goliath. Fed up with lousy service and stunningly slow bandwidth speeds from Telkom, Unlimited IT proved that it was faster for them to send data with a carrier pigeon than to transmit it using Telkom, South Africa’s leading internet service provider.
Local news agency SAPA reported the 11-month-old pigeon, Winston, took one hour and eight minutes to fly the 50 miles from Unlimited IT’s offices near Pietermaritzburg to the coastal city of Durban with a data card was strapped to his leg.
Including downloading, the transfer took two hours, six minutes and 57 seconds — the time it took for
only 4% of the data to be transferred using a Telkom line.
Life imitates art, only it worked out better in real life.