BBC reports Kenya fiber break

Bill Woodcock 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.

                                -Bill




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