Digicel has announced that limited international call services were restored in Tonga on Wednesday and will be enhanced further in the coming days. International calling capability has been re-established on the islands of Tongapatu and ‘Eua via a satellite link which can now handle 400 simultaneous calls using 2G networks, Digicel Regional CEO Shally Jannif revealed in a media statement. The company is now taking delivery of extra satellite modems and amplifiers to enhance output power and capacity, while additional satellite antennas will be used to bring Ha’apai and Vava’u islands online.
‘We expect to put up all basic services in the next few days and then we hope to install more equipment to bring GPRS and 3G basic data services up so bank ATMs, EFTPOS and other services can be up in Tonga,’ the executive said. Full network services will not be available until the submarine cable connecting Tonga with the rest of the world has been repaired.
Tsunami waves hit Tonga on Saturday, following a series of violent eruptions from underwater Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano, 65km north of the country’s main island Tongatapu.