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Thursday 9 May 2024

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Government is considering issuing Starlink a licence to offer broadband internet services in Tonga. The Prime Minister Hon. Hu'akavameiliku told a media briefing last week that Starlink had applied for a licence to operate in Tonga, and they were taking it into consideration.
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Thursday 21 March 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Fast and reliable internet connectivity will reach even the most remote areas in Tonga, made possible by 'Broadband Anywhere' a new Tonga Communications Corporation satellite technology.
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Friday 29 December 2023
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Over 100 VHF digital portable transceivers were set up for Tonga Police, by the Australian Federal Police (AFP), through Tonga-Australia Policing Partnership (TAPP), to build the radio communication network capability of Tonga Police.
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Monday 27 November 2023
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
After receiving reports of an illegal radio transmission, detected near aviation communication channels or frequencies that are used by Tonga's aircraft and air traffic control, the government issued a warning today that It may cause a serious disruption to air travel, posing high risks to the safety of life in the sky.
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Friday 22 September 2023
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New York, USA
The Chief Secretary and Secretary to Cabinet, Mr Paula Ma’u represented Tonga in supporting of disaster early warning signs, at an “Early Warnings for All" panel discussion, held on 20 September, in New York.
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Wednesday 19 July 2023
Cyber security challenge

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
USP Tonga won the cyber security incident response challenge, known as ‘Capture the Flag’, which was held by Tonga's Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) and Australia, as part of Tonga’s Cyber Resilience Week.
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Thursday 13 July 2023

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Repairs on the domestic submarine cable system connecting Tongatapu to Ha’apai and Vava’u were completed and back in service on Wednesday night, 12 July, after it was destroyed by the Hunga-Tonga Hunga-Ha’apai volcanic eruption in January 2022. Over 108 kilometers of cable was used for the repair.
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Tuesday 6 June 2023
Digital conference

Seoul, South Korea
Digital literacy and skills development is important for all Tongans, Hon Dr. Viliami Uasike Latu told a Digital Ministerial Conference in Seoul, South Korea.on 31 May.
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Tuesday 16 May 2023
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A confidential settlement agreement has been reached between the Government of Tonga and Kacific Broadband Satellites Group (Kacific), who have agreed to end litigation over a multi-million contract dispute. 
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Wednesday 16 November 2022

Brisbane, Australia
Pacific delegates, including Tongans, attended the Pacific Telecommunications Security Expert Forum in Brisbane, Australia from 10-11 November. “We need more awareness of this enormous threat that comes with technology, and Tonga is in a very vulnerable position with our limited capacity, understanding and preparedness,” said Curtis Tu’ihalangingie, a delgate from Tonga's High Commission in Canberra,
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Wednesday 28 September 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A new studio building for Tonga Broadcasting Commission was commissioned by Crown Prince Tupouto'a 'Ulukalala, on the completion of a Nationwide Early Warning System Project (NEWS) on Tuesday, at Fasi-moe-Afi. The NEWS project, worth about USD30 million in total, funded by Japan, will strengthen Tonga’s capacity for risk management and its resilience against disasters through the improvement of three systems: Emergency Radio Communication System, Early Warning Sound Alert System and Medium Wave Radio Broadcasting System.
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Friday 15 July 2022

Melbourne, Australia
Telstra announced yesterday it had completed the acquisition of Digicel Pacific in partnership with the Australian Government. The acquisition which was initially announced in October 2021 was finalised, after necessary government and regulatory approvals. Digicel Pacific communications services across Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Nauru, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu will be overseen by a Telstra controlled board, chaired by Telstra Enterprise Group Executive, David Burns.
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Thursday 7 July 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
It may take a year to fix Tonga's domestic fibre optic telecommunications cable, which was torn apart and deeply buried under volcanic debris on the ocean floor, on 15 January. The cable was caught in the pyroclastic flows from the Hunga eruptions.
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Tuesday 1 March 2022
Reliance

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's domestic fibre optic telecommunications cable was torn apart by tremendous forces and deeply buried under volcanic debris on the ocean floor. It may take up to a year to fix. Tonga Cable Ltd. is looking worldwide for anyone with a 110km spare cable, but it may have to be specially manufactured and delivered from France. It was one of two cables broken during the Jan. 15 eruption.
Monday 21 February 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongatapu end of Tonga’s international fibre optic cable was being pulled up today for splicing and is expected to come online by late tomorrow, Tuesday, 38 days after a large section was blown to bits by a volcanic eruption on Jan. 15.
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Wednesday 16 February 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An 80 km stretch of Tonga's telecommunications cable, was blown to bits by a volcanic eruption on Jan. 15 and there's no easy fix. Short pieces have been recovered, while a major section of the fibre optic cable, about 55 km long, including an expensive repeater, has yet to be recovered from the seabed. By Mary Lyn Fonua
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Tuesday 8 February 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The cable repair ship, Reliance, found the Fiji end of the Tonga cable this afternoon - but more breaks are suspected and it will setback the repair date to Sunday Feb. 20. By Linny Folau.
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Monday 7 February 2022
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Progress has been slow today, Monday, in the search for the Fiji end of Tonga's submarine telecommunications cable - suspected to be broken in several places. Bad weather and rough seas persist in the area. The cable repair ship Reliance recovered the Tonga end of the international cable over the weekend, and secured it at 7:00am Saturday. The ship also recovered a 1.2km long piece of separated submarine cable.
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Sunday 6 February 2022
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
After two weeks of scrambling for satellite connectivity, one of Tonga's two main telecommunications networks started rolling out more data capacity last week. But there's simply not enough capacity to meet national demand, and allocation of bandwidth has to be carefully managed, until the fibre optic cable is repaired.
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Friday 4 February 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's broken submarine telecommunications cable is not where it is supposed to be. A search last night by an ROV from the cable boat Reliance, could not locate the break, after it arrived in the area yesterday. By Linny Folau.
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