A speed test which was conducted by British telecom to show how slow the internet connection was in many rural areas, had a surprising result.
The Broadband Speed Test involved the transfer of a 300MB file from a farmhouse in Yorkshire to the town of Skegness, which is 75 miles away.
In the blue corner, was the computer at the farmhouse, which typically has a connection speed of between 100 to 200 Kbps. In the red corner, a carrier pigeon, carrying a USB flash drive.
The carrier pigeon completed it’s journey in 2 hours, whereas after that time the computer was still struggling to transfer the file.
Despite claims by British Telecom that 99% of homes in the UK can now receive Broadband, research conducted by the BBC last year found that there were over three million homes in the UK that still had internet connections of less than 2Mbps.
The government has committed itself to providing this speed as the bare minimum to all homes in the UK by 2015, and meantime British Telecom is undertaking a huge project to replace the outdated telephone cables by fibre optic cables across the country.