Avian Protocol vs Telkom Business ADSL

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  1. Gawiedj

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    Thought some of the tech-heads would like this

    Hi Guys/Gals

    We are having a bit of fun at the expense of our favourite telecoms provider Helkom. Let me explain. We have satellite call centres which are connected via business ADSL’s to our main data centre. As usual these connections where very unstable and extremely slow. This caused a huge amount of frustration for us as we need to move voice logs(100’s of megabytes) a day up to our main databases for QA and legal purposes. Our company runs on sales and without voice logs we have no binding contract between us and the customer. So they are pretty essential.

    Anyway I read a Aprils fools white paper about Avian carrier networks a couple of years ago. Basically it is a protocol that uses racing pigeons as a network layer. This got me thinking about how fast we can transfer the data by racing pigeon. I discussed this idea with my CIO one night having a couple of drinks. When we did the math we found out that we can transfer the data faster by pigeon for certain sites. So we made a project of it. Next week Wednesday is Pigeon VS ADSL day here at the unlimited world. We have the media involved so check the Sunday times for a article on this event.

    Basically we will be flying a pigeon with a 4GB micro SD card from Howick to our central site in Hillcrest. We did a dry run yesterday. Here is the stats: Pigeon took 48 minutes to deliver the data. ADSL is still downloading. Telkom got hold of this via the media and is currently in a flat spin. We got a call from Telkom asking us for our circuit numbers so they can make sure we have good service.

    Here is the best part. We spend +/- R 45000 a month just on rental for these lines. If we moved to the Avian Carrier Network we will be saving a whopping R 35 000 a month.

    Check out the facebook group, do a search for Winston the pigeon on facebook. Also watch the local press for some tongue in cheek articles about our great Helkom.

    Regards
    Neil

    PS: The Original White Paper is located here: RFC 2549 (rfc2549) - IP over Avian Carriers with Quality of Service

    Edit: Made a spelling mistake in the title would one of the MODs fix it please?
     
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  3. jaquesdp08

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    lol good idea will check this out
     
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    Will search for Winston the pigeon on Facebook...
     
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    This reminds of the comparison of downloading content in South Africa is more expensive than flying to Hong Kong and downloading the content at a HK internet cafe :p
     
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    Done as requested :)

    Very interested concept.... :)
     
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    Johan van Aardt I love marines [R.I.P.]

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    Wow this must be the most funny thing ive heard in a while ill keep a keen eye
     
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    I hope all goes well with Winston today, pity the weather is not good for flight.:(
     
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    LOL Shaun - especially not in Cape Town! ;)
     
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