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Tongan fibre-optic cable outage relieved by satellite

24 Jan 2019
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Recently Tonga suffered an outage in the submarine cable network that connects the island nation to the outside world, plunging the island nation into digital isolation. The outage is ongoing and no timeframe is available for restoration of Tonga Cable’s service.

The sole international service available is currently provided via a Ku-band satellite network, operated by Kacific Broadband Satellite, and supplied in-country by ISP, EziNET. 

This is providing essential connectivity while Tonga Cable carries out repairs. Kacific is a provider of high-speed satellite broadband and internet into the Pacific Islands for government, business and community purposes.

Tonga Cable director, Paula Piveni Piukala, said that Kacific engineers are working with the company to provide additional internet and telephone capacity via satellite to enable priority communications during this period.

“We appreciate Kacific’s assistance, as Tonga currently has no other internet or mobile phone connectivity to the outside world,” he said. 

“Kacific’s satellite service ensures that essential services can be maintained as we work to resolve the issue.”

Tonga Cable System is an 827-kilometre submarine cable system, funded by the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank. It has cable landing points at Sopu in Tonga and Suva in Fiji.

Kacific was last month recognised by the Society of Satellite Professionals with a Better Satellite World Award for its work in offering affordable broadband satellite connectivity services to Pacific Island nations.

Kacific Broadband Satellites Group is a satellite operator providing high-speed broadband for underserved, remote and rural markets with disseminated pockets of population. 

It addresses the gap in supply with specifically designed satellites using the latest multi-beam and high throughput space communications and ground technology transmitting over the Ka-Band.

Using cost-effective technology and a lean business model, Kacific aims to provide better broadband quality at significantly less than current retail prices. Kacific broadband is fostering greater internet usage and fuelling economic growth and improvements in service delivery across covered regions. Its first Ka-Band HTS deployment focuses on South East Asia and the Pacific.           

Kacific’s headquarters are in Singapore with main operations out of Vanuatu.