There's no denying the power of effective broadband service, but in South Africa, the fast data delivery that it promises has yet to materialize.
So much so, in fact, that a carrier pigeon can beat it.
An IT company based in Durban, South Africa sponsored a 60-mile data transmission race between an 11-month-old pigeon carrying a 4GB memory stick and the ADSL service from the country's biggest web firm, Telkom.
'Winston' the pigeon took two hours to carry the data 60 miles.
In that same amount of time, the ADSL had sent 4 percent of the data.
Of course, Telkom said that it was not responsible for the slow Internet speeds.