Telkom will be putting its fibre technology to the test in the Telkom Unlimited Movie Marathon Guinness World Records attempt.
Using Telkom’s Boltspeed fibre to stream over 122 hours of movies, selected participants will attempt to break the current world record for longest marathon watching films, which currently stands at 120 hours 23 minutes (about five days).
An accomplished endurance record breaker, Suresh Joachim, will fly in from Canada to try to attempt to break the record. He will however be competing against 10 local South Africans who will also be attempting to achieve the title.
“I am delighted that Telkom will be hosting this endurance challenge and I am looking forward to the opportunity to add this record to my list of 52 records that I currently hold,” says Joachim. “While I will be putting my endurance to the test I understand Telkom will be putting their fibre technology to the test as well.
“I have never been to South Africa and I am particularly excited about visiting the country and competing for the title with the local participants,” he adds.
To attempt breaking the record over 80 movies must be streamed over Telkom’s Boltspeed fibre technology. An official Guinness World Records adjudicator will verify that all the requirements for the record breaking attempt have been met.
“Fibre technology is the perfect medium for streaming content and we are going to be showcasing this on a grand scale at the Telkom Unlimited Movie Marathon. Families attending the event will get an idea of the entertainment value that fibre can deliver to their homes,” says Telkom chief marketing officer, Enzo Scarcella.
“We believe that the quality of our Boltspeed fibre is essential if breaking the Guinness World Records title is going to be attempted,” he adds.
The Unlimited Movie Marathon is being held from 9 to 13 December at The Sheds @1Fox in Johannesburg and will be open to the public to enjoy the around the clock movie screening. Tickets can be purchased online at iTicket.co.za for R30 for full day access. All proceeds from this event will go to Lifeline, a network of telephone counselling centres and other services offering support to those experiencing emotional distress.