I thought my internet connection gets slow at time, but who knew the people in South Africa had it so bad. Apparently it is quicker to transmit your data via a homing pigeon rather than over your internet connection. I had moments back when I was dealing with Verizon DSL when I thought my broadband connection couldn’t possibly be any slower without being disconnected. Apparently if I lived in Johannesburg I’d be better off sending my data files via a homing pigeon than I would using my computer and broadband connection.
Including downloading, the transfer took two hours, six minutes and 57 seconds — the time it took for only four percent of the data to be transferred using a Telkom line.
That’s a pretty sad state of affairs. Though I still don’t think it will keep me from complaining about the lackluster internet in the US – especially when I compare it to many other countries who once upon a time we were on par (or ahead of) technologically speaking. We’ve been back sliding for awhile now and I’m not sure what it will take to catch up. However I will remain thankful I don’t have to resort to pigeons.