Tonga is a now reaping the benefits of being connected to an undersea high-speed fibre-optic cable. The cable was installed in 2013 and links Tonga to Fiji and onto Sydney. It was financed by a combination of funding from the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, the Tongan government and Tonga Cable - as part of the wider Pacific Regional Connectivity Program.
This high-speed Internet access is providing Tonga with the ability to provide better health care services, reliable and faster connections for education and appropriate infrastructure for emerging e-commerce initiatives.
Tonga is also heavily reliant on mobile technology. It has exhibited a strong mobile subscription growth in recent years at the expense of fixed lines which are in decline. Fixed line tele-density has dropped from around 30% in 2009 to just 12% in 2015.
There are a number of reasons for this decline, including the realisation that mobile technologies are far more suited to providing services to the many islands which are spread across such a vast ocean geography.
In addition, as there are limited funds available for building telecommunications infrastructure in Tonga - it must be directed towards the most economical and suitable technologies. Satellite technology in particular is in widespread use across Tonga and plays an important part in giving the more remote areas access to communications services.
Tonga Communications Corporation (TCC); Tonga Digicel (formerly TonFon); Tonga Cable; Kacific Broadband Satellite; Asian Development Bank; The World Bank.
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