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Re: BBC reports Kenya fiber break
From: Bill Woodcock <woody () pch net>
Date: Wed, 29 Feb 2012 21:45:16 -0800
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On Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 10:08 AM, Justin M. Streiner
<streiner () cluebyfour org> wrote:
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.
There were INOC-DBA phones at several of the Antarctic stations, for quite a few years. We could see connectivity to
them go up and down as the satellites rose above the horizon and set again.
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