After the successful launching of the Tonga – Fiji submarine fibre optic cable, the Government of Tonga approved the extension of the cable system to outer island groups of Vava’u and Ha’apai. Tonga Cable Limited was given the task of the implementation of this project. The main objective was to provide fast, reliable, economical and efficient communication system for the people in these two island groups.
On 17 February 2017, Tonga Cable Limited was able to fulfill the above direction by signing an agreement with Alcatel Submarine Networks (a French simplified stock corporation having its registered office at 148/152, route de la Reine – 92100 Boulogne-Billancourt – France) to design, manufacture, deliver, install and commission a repeaterless fibre optic cable system between Nuku’alofa and Vava’u with branching unit and spur for Ha’apai.
Alcatel Submarine Networks was selected to make sure that technology and equipment will be provided are compatible with the existing system. The project is expected to be completed in one year.