Kacific Broadband Satellites Group (Kacific) has signed a 15-year agreement with Tonga Satellite Limited, a Tongan government company, to provide a high-quality satellite broadband solution to the Pacific island nation. The bandwidth supplied by the high throughput Kacific1 satellite will be used to connect communities in 89 remote outer islands; transmission speeds will be equivalent to those available in the main cities of Tonga.
In the case of a fibre cable outage – similar to the one experienced over twelve days in January 2019 – the satellite bandwidth can be redistributed and shared with Tonga’s main centres. The bandwidth supplied by Kacific will be focused on government infrastructure such as hospitals, health clinics and dispensaries, primary and secondary schools, police stations and post offices. The bandwidth will also be used to support local businesses and foster the creation of new platforms for economic development, such as cooperative marketplaces promoted by the Tongan government.
The Kingdom of Tonga is a Pacific Island nation comprising 169 islands, of which 36 are inhabited. These stretch across approximately 800km of water. The population of just over 108,000 people – of which 82,000 are classified as living in rural areas – usually consume around 2.4Gbps of broadband bandwidth, the press release notes.