SES keeps Tonga online after cable break

11 Feb 2019

Satellite operator SES Networks revealed it was able to restore connectivity for consumer and enterprise customers of Digicel Tonga following a severe cable outage late last month.

The company provided C-band satellite backup connectivity to ensure the continuity of business critical services across the Pacific nation.

Connectivity to the Polynesian archipelago was disrupted after the Tonga Cable System subsea cable linking Tonga and Fiji was cut in two places on January 20. The suspected cause of the damage was a ship's anchor.

Digicel Tonga used SES' managed service offering to provide alternate connectivity for customers. Under the agreement with SES, Digicel uses the company's C-band beams to provide satellite-enabled, scalable IP transit trunk circuits between Fiji and Tonga.

“We are extremely proud to deliver reliable, high-speed broadband connectivity to nations that experience unexpected outages, so that their citizens can continue with daily communications and business activities uninterruptedly,” SES Networks VP of global fixed data sales Imran Malik Khan said.

“We have worked closely together with Digicel in the past in the Asia Pacific region, and now we’re able to implement together our Signature Telecom Solution in a record time in Tonga. We are especially pleased to help Tongan people get back online while efforts to repair the Tonga Cable System cable are taking place.”

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