BBC reports Kenya fiber break

Valdis.Kletnieks at vt.edu Valdis.Kletnieks at vt.edu
Wed Feb 29 08:06:16 CST 2012


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. ;)

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