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Falklands: April sun outages with disruption to satellite reception

Friday, April 6th 2018 - 09:27 UTC
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The Falkland Islands have been advised by British Forces Broadcasting Services, that during April a series of sun outages which will cause disruption to satellite dish reception across the Falklands. Read full article


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  • golfcronie

    Now there is organisation for you and coming from the BFBS ( military )

    Apr 06th, 2018 - 10:05 am - Link - Report abuse +1
  • DemonTree

    Sun outages makes it sound like the sun is going to be switched off for a while. That would be a lot more inconvenient!

    Apr 06th, 2018 - 10:29 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marcelo Kohen

    I was in the islands in March and I realized the paucity of the telecom services. My Swiss mobile with no roaming (like many others but UK companies), internet expensive, complicated and not available everywhere. How easy would be to have a better and cheaper service from Argentine companies. But of course, like with many other things (avoiding weekly aerial links with mainland Argentina, avoiding furnishing fresh products from “the coast”, etc etc) is an example of self-imposing “sanctions”. Some defending this course of action using Anti-Argentine propaganda indeed are defending their own commercial private interests. The rhetoric that the links between the islands and the mainland started in 1971 lead to the 1982 war is without any ground. The argument that the Argentine Govt would “control” the economy and life of the islands with these commercial links is as absurd as was the prohibition of visiting the islands to Argentines on the ground that their presence would destabilise the Islanders life.

    Apr 06th, 2018 - 03:40 pm - Link - Report abuse -3
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    Marcelo Kohen

    The curse of all remote locations...
    I have BT's superfast fibre optic broadband...
    ...and two miles down the road I don't even have a mobile signal...
    Could be worse...2.1 million Yanks still have dial-up...

    Apr 06th, 2018 - 06:50 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • DemonTree

    “The rhetoric that the links between the islands and the mainland started in 1971 lead to the 1982 war is without any ground.”

    I never heard that one before. But I have seen people argue that commercial links would give too much power to the Argentine government and I don't see anything absurd about it. Money talks and it would be trivial to get a monopoly in such a small place. CFK did her best to attack them economically, so we know your government and people are perfectly willing to do it.

    Besides, would you change your nationality for better broadband and cheaper tomatoes?

    Dial-up! How ever do they survive it?

    Apr 06th, 2018 - 10:12 pm - Link - Report abuse +2
  • Roger Lorton

    Trying to buy the Islanders with trinkets Kohen? You know them not at all.

    Apr 06th, 2018 - 11:16 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • Lord Loon

    One tiny point worth mentioning, this announcement refers to TV and radio services, not mobile or internet...... I'm pretty sure anybody with a satellite TV will find them happening at some point during the year!

    And “My Swiss mobile” - oh the irony of the man who tells people they ought to be Argentine and doesn't live there himself. If you don't like it in the Falklands then just don't come back. You can enjoy 4G in Geneva, we can enjoy not being lectured about what we ought to think is best for us. Everybody will be happy :-)

    Apr 07th, 2018 - 10:56 am - Link - Report abuse +1
  • BrianFI

    I'd rather have slow internet than have my right to self determination taken away from me Kohen. You really don't understand us do ya?

    Also, this ain't from the MOD, SURE announces this twice per year, the outages last 2-5 minutes per day.

    Apr 07th, 2018 - 01:00 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • Marcelo Kohen

    Just for information, “Sure”, the telecom company operating in the islands, is a Bahrain's company.

    Apr 07th, 2018 - 06:48 pm - Link - Report abuse -1
  • BrianFI

    Yes we are well aware of that Dr. Why is that important?

    Apr 07th, 2018 - 07:24 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marcelo Kohen

    and, having travelled with Latam between the islands and Rio Gallegos, and Aerolíneas Argentinas from Rio Gallegos to Buenos Aires, I would add: by far Aerolíneas is better: better and newer planes, better space, better service (in Latam you have to pay if you wish to drink a coffee or eat sth!!!) and cleaner. I am talking about these concrete things, not about the dispute. Even without settling the dispute, Islanders could take advantage of all these things, that's my only point here.

    Apr 08th, 2018 - 03:47 pm - Link - Report abuse -1
  • BrianFI

    You are incredibly naive Kohen. We cannot use these services while the Argies claim the Falklands because they would use it to control us like in the 70's.

    Apr 08th, 2018 - 04:50 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • DemonTree

    They don't trust Argentina enough to use their telecoms companies or airlines or have any commercial links, and you think they'd trust Argentina with their sovereignty?

    Apr 08th, 2018 - 08:23 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Roger Lorton

    Photoshop Prof - Aerolineas cannot be better than Latam. Latam has a clear advantage. It's not Argentine.

    Apr 08th, 2018 - 10:08 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Beth

    England will return the Malvinas within 25 years.

    Apr 14th, 2018 - 01:58 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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