Antarctica Communications - 2023


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Telecommunication systems

general assessment: scientists with the United States Antarctic Program at McMurdo Station have now got their hands on a Starlink terminal of their own, where it is said to be improving connectivity as they carry out their research; this was made possible through laser links between the SpaceX satellites in orbit that eliminate the need for ground stations at the poles, and makes Antarctica the seventh and final continent to receive Starlink internet coverage (2022)

domestic: commercial cellular networks operating in a small number of locations (2019)

international: country code - none allocated; via satellite (including mobile Inmarsat and Iridium systems) to and from all research stations, ships, aircraft, and most field parties

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Internet users

total: 4,400 (2021 est.)

percent of population: 100% (2021 est.)

NOTE: The information regarding Antarctica on this page is re-published from the 2023 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency and other sources. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Antarctica 2023 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Antarctica 2023 should be addressed to the CIA or the source cited on each page.

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