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Re: BBC reports Kenya fiber break
From: Valdis.Kletnieks () vt edu
Date: Wed, 29 Feb 2012 09:06:16 -0500
On Wed, 29 Feb 2012 08:37:40 EST, Rodrick Brown said:
There's about 1/2 a dozen or so known private and government research
facilities on Antarctica and I'm surprised to see no fiber end points on that
continent? This can't be true.
Cost-benefit. A dozen sites, each with only 100-200 people, scattered across something
a tad bigger than Europe. Even if you *land* a cable (which would be a technical
challenge, as there's few places you can land it without having to contend with an
ice shelf), the other 11 sites will *still* be so far away that dragging fiber to *there*
will be cost-impractical. Especially the ones that are moving because they're actually
on glaciers or ice shelves.
But hey, if you think you can do it without going broke, go for it. ;)