Internet (in part) back in Tonga Islands

Benjamin Logerot

February 23, 2022 at 9:34 a.m.



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We all remember the impressive eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano on January 15th. After 38 days of outage due to the damage caused by the explosion of the volcano, two islands in the kingdom of Tonga have finally been able to recover a normal internet connection.

The islands of Tongatapu and Eua have regained decent service, and the rest of the Pacific archipelago should follow shortly.

More than a month of underwater work

This eruption marked the world just over a month ago with its intensity and force (the sound was heard as far away as Alaska), causing tsunamis throughout the Pacific and destroying important installations. The undersea internet cable linking Tonga to Fiji has been torn in multiple places over an 80km stretch, cutting the small kingdom off from the connected world.

The operators Digicel and TCC announced in a press release that the underwater repair work made it possible to make the Internet functional again on two islands of the kingdom: Tongatapu and Eua, which had until then had to be content with limited access and satellite communications.

The islands of Ha’apai and, above all, Vava’u, which is home to the second largest city in the kingdom, have yet to be reconnected to the networks, possibly this week for the latter according to the Digicel press release.

Source: Digicel
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