Tonga Communications Corporation. Photo/Kalino Lātū

Tonga could have its cable connection repaired within two weeks, Tonga Cable Director Paula Piveni Piukala said today.

As Kaniva News reported yesterday, the kingdom’s only internet and mobile phone providers, Digicel and Tonga Communications Corporation, were cut off about 8.30pm on Sunday.

Tonga currently had no other internet or mobile phone cable connection to the outside world.

It has been confirmed that the undersea cable has been cut.

Tonga Cable has a marine maintenance contract with TE Subcom.

The cable ship Reliance is docked in Apia and can reach Tonga in two or three days.

Tonga Cable CEO Edwin Liava’a said restoration could be completed within one or two weeks.

At worst, it could take two to three weeks.

Meanwhile, Tonga Cable was using the local Internet Service Provider (ISP) Easynet via Kacific Satellite.

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

Liava’a previously said people experiencing slow connections should understand this was a matter for TCC or Digicel.

He said Tonga Cable Ltd functioned only as a wholesaler of capacity.

The main points

  • Tonga could have its cable connection repaired within two weeks, Tonga Cable Director, Paula Piveni Piukala said today.
  • As Kaniva News reported yesterday, the kingdom’s only internet and mobile phone providers, Digicel and Tonga Communication Corporation, were cut off about 8.30pm on Sunday.

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