Back in the days before emojis and Snapchat, children used to communicate at a distance using two yoghurt pots and a piece of string.
It turns out that the kids may have been onto something because engineers have just shown that broadbrand internet can be transmitted over a piece of wet string.
Experts from an internet provider called Andrews and Arnold f 3.5Mbps (megabits per second) using a two-metre-long piece of string that had been soaked in salt water.
‘To be honest it was a bit of fun, which one of our techies decided to try out – we have equipment we could test in the office, and why not?” director Adrian Kennard told the BBC.
‘There is no commercial potential that we are aware of.’
Sadly, we don’t advise trying to connect yourself to the internet using string, because the speeds are very slow and the connection is incredibly easy to break.
Matthew Howett, principal analyst at research firm Assembly, added: ‘While we often get tied up in knots over whether it should be fibre to the street cabinet or fibre all the way to the home, one thing’s for certain and that’s that this isn’t going to make it into the mix of technologies companies like Openreach or Virgin Media will be using.’
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