Singapore-based satellite broadband provider Kacific has revealed details of the resilient communications infrastructure supplied to state-owned Tonga Communications Corporation (TCC) following January’s volcanic eruption. Under an agreement between the two companies, Kacific has provided a mobile backhaul solution to improve connectivity in underserved areas, and an enterprise-level back-up service to help mitigate the impact of future outages.
Since June 2022, a mobile backhaul solution has been deployed to improve resilience at the two Niuas islands. A further two satellite terminal sites, one each in Vavau and Ha’apai, have been commissioned to provide connectivity as the Tonga Domestic Cable Extension undergoes extensive repairs following the volcanic eruption of Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai in January 2022. As well as these four outer island sites, a 4.5 metre terminal, which can facilitate a higher level of bandwidth usage, has been installed in Tonga in recent weeks. This will be used as an enterprise-level back-up option in case of future outages or damage to the international fibre cable connecting Nuku’alofa to Suva, Fiji. TCC and Kacific said a portion of the capacity allocated to the terminals in the outer islands can be reallocated to the 4.5 metre terminal in Nuku’alofa in a fibre back up arrangement, ensuring the capital has access to high speed connectivity for critical applications in the event of a fibre outage.
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