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PM launches Ha’apai’s fibre optic cable

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 27/03/2018

 

The Prime Minister launched the extension of the fibre optic cable to the island of Ha’apai this morning.

 

Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva also commissioned a new enterprise of broad band network and more efficient telecommunications to the people of Ha’apai.

 

Tonga Cable Limited started this journey in late 2012 with one objective to bring faster and cheaper telecommunication services to all the people of Tonga.

 

CEO – ‘Etuini Liava’a says in 2012 after securing the contract for construction of the Tonga Fiji Fibre optic cable it was clear that there will be some savings on the budget that could be allocated to the extension of cable to Ha’apai and Vava’u.

 

The project is worth 8.3 million USD or equivalent to about $17 million pa’anga. 4.3 million USD was from the World Bank and Asian Development Bank as part of savings on grants.

 

The Alcatel Submarine Network was the supplier of the system.

 

The system consists of two Fibre paris with the total length of approximately 400 kilometers and one branching unit to allow both Ha’apai and Vava’u.

 

Today also marked the completion of the second phase of the cable project for Tonga, the first phase was the construction of the cable system between Nuku’alofa and Suva.

 

Liava’a adds the past 5 years the people of Tongatapu had the privilege of a fast reliable and economic telecommunication services, the same opportunity is now available for the people of Vava’u and Ha’apai.

 

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