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Wednesday 30 January 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A second fault on the international submarine cable, which connects Tonga through the Southern Cross Cable Network to Fiji, was located further out to sea from the first fault, early this morning, 30 January.
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Tuesday 29 January 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Reliance has located the damaged fibre optic internet cable at sea today, 29 January, near Tongatapu, but they found cable was lying around 100 metres south-east off-course from where it was originally laid.
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Monday 28 January 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A submarine internet cable maintenance ship Reliance arrived in Nuku’alofa, this evening, and berthed at the Queen Sālote Wharf, after sailing to Tonga from Samoa over the weekend.
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Monday 28 January 2019
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Digicel Tonga’s CEO Francis Thomsen said today that the outage in the submarine cable network that connects the Kingdom to the outside world has put “the country into digital isolation”.
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Monday 28 January 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga is currently playing an active role in China’s Belt and Road Initiative, Lopeti Senituli, a personal adviser to the Prime Minister, Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva, told Matangi Tonga.
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Sunday 27 January 2019
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga is being assisted to restore communications that can be used during natural disasters, MEIDECC stated Friday, and also advised the public to note that social media is filtered in order to speed up internet access for essential services. Tonga's fibre optic cable blackout entered Day 7, today Sunday.
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Saturday 26 January 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga has been rescued from a very serious communications black-out this week by a small tech start-up venture in Nuku'alofa, run by smart, young adventurous Tongans and their partner company in Vanuatu, who have managed to swing some extra satellite capacity to Tonga. By Mary Lyn Fonua
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Saturday 26 January 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's fibre optic submarine cable is cut in two places — between Nuku’alofa and Fiji, and Nuku‘alofa and Vava‘u, according to ‘Etuini Liava‘a, the Chief Executive Officer for Tonga Cable Ltd.
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Thursday 24 January 2019

While Tonga Cable Ltd. works on the breakdown of its submarine fibre optic cable that connects Tonga’s internet to the world, many businesses in Tonga are struggling to keep their operations functioning. The tourism industry is hard hit.
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Thursday 24 January 2019
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga Cable Ltd. is still trying to confirm what caused Tonga’s cable internet black out from 8.30pm Sunday, 20 January, Samuela Fonua, Board Chairman of Tonga Cable Ltd. told Matangi Tonga on Wednesday. By Pesi Fonua
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Tuesday 22 January 2019
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's sudden internet cable black out Sunday night, is now going into its third day after a fault in a fibre optic submarine cable has cut its main connection with the world.
Wednesday 16 January 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Consumers will enjoy cheaper petrol, kerosene and diesel as prices dropped today, 16 January after being approved by the Tonga Competent Authority (TCA).
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Thursday 10 January 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Eight fishing boats were donated to Tonga by China’s sister city to Ha’apai, Dongguan Municipality in Guangdong Province, at a handover ceremony this afternoon, 10 January, at the Ministry of Fisheries in Sopu.
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Wednesday 9 January 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Pacific Sunrise Fishing, Tonga’s only locally-owned commercial deep sea fishing exporter, is scaling down its operation in Tonga, "and to start sellling some of the assets that we have, like boats and things like that," Eddie Palu said on January 4. He told Matangi Tonga of his concern over a decision by government for the 2018 Foreign Exchange Control Act to become effective on 1 November 2018. By Pesi Fonua.
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Wednesday 9 January 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A new national committee to plan Tonga's participation at "Expo 2020 Dubai" held its first introductory meeting today at Consular House, where invited private sector representatives looked at the challenge ahead, of presenting Tonga to the world.
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Thursday 20 December 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga is in a high-risk exposure position “to weather disturbances and sea-level rise as well, as weak disaster management” according to the December 2018 issue of the Pacific Economic Monitor PEM of the Asian Development Bank.
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Tuesday 11 December 2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The National Reserve Bank of Tonga aims at securing Tonga’s Foreign Reserves at a level of about $457.3 million, equivalent to more than seven months of imports, with the enforcement of the Foreign Exchange Control Act 2018 on 1 November. The Act requires Tongan exporters to repatriate at least 60% of their export proceeds. And, if the economy fails and the foreign reserves drop below the threshold, - then the Act gives the government the right to try and force Tongans who have invested overseas to repatriate their funds to Tonga. The Act was passed at the time Tonga expected to start repaying its loans to China.
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Monday 19 November 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s repayment of its $119 million pa'anga concessional loan from China that was scheduled to start this year, has been deferred for another five years.
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Monday 19 November 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The price of petrol has fallen, while diesel and kerosene prices have increased, as approved by the Tonga Competent Authority (TCA) for November – December, starting on 16 November 2018.
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Wednesday 14 November 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A ground breaking ceremony to start a Nuku’alofa Power Network Upgrade Project was held on Wednesday, November 14 at Pahu.
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