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Re: BBC reports Kenya fiber break
From: "Justin M. Streiner" <streiner () cluebyfour org>
Date: Wed, 29 Feb 2012 10:08:50 -0500 (EST)
On Wed, 29 Feb 2012, Rodrick Brown wrote:
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.
Constantly shifting ice shelves and glaciers make a terrestrial cable
landing very difficult to implement on Antarctica. Satellite connectivity
is likely the only feasible option. There are very few places in
Antarctica that are reliably ice-free enough of the time to make a viable
terrestrial landing station. Getting connectivity from the landing
station to other places on the continent is another matter altogether.