BBC reports Kenya fiber break
woody at pch.net
Wed Feb 29 23:45:16 CST 2012
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>> On Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 10:08 AM, Justin M. Streiner
>> <streiner at 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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