The current record stands at 120 hours 23 minutes, and is held by Canadian Suresh Joachim – who is competing against a number of South Africans hoping to take his title.
10 South Africans took up the challenge, but 7 have already fallen out of the race.
To make the event happen, Telkom rolled out fibre broadband infrastructure to the venue at The Sheds in Johannesburg. Telkom’s set-up is shown below.
A 500Mbps fibre link runs to the venue from the nearest exchange. It is then split into 100Mbps lines.
Three of the 100Mbps links are used for:
- Telkom’s simulated smart home installation, referred to as “the crib”, which is on display at the venue.
- The Wi-Fi network for spectators.
- Streaming movies in HD quality to two screens.
200Mbps of capacity is kept in reserve.
The fibre runs into a SAS-E switch, from where it is distributed.
A power bank is used to ensure all the equipment has the electricity it needs.
Over the course of the 130 hour event, Telkom expects 1.3TB of data to be consumed from streaming movies.
Four 1080p movie streams with stereo sound consume about 25Mbps at a constant bit rate.
Two streams are sent to HD projectors from a single PC, while the two others are backups in case something goes wrong with the main streams.
A desk is used to mix the sound.
Contenders are monitored constantly to ensure they comply with the rules of the record-setting attempt.
Thanks to Telkom for arranging access to the information and photographs.