Tonga’s only undersea cable has damaged due to bad weather which led to the closure of nearly a total blackout of internet services.
Tonga’s internet services came via underwater cable
The fault left the island nation of about 100,000 people in shock on Sunday night. A satellite connection is using for limited bandwidth. However, officials have to limit down social media use. The officials said that it may too several weeks to resolve the issue.
According to Tonga Cable services, the fault took place at around 8:45 pm local time (7:45 GMT) on Sunday night. They blamed a magnetic storm and lightning as a reason for the fault.
A repair ship, to fix the issue, is currently docked in Samoa. It will take three days to arrive in Tonga and then restoration work will complete in one or two weeks.
It further said that fixing of the 827km (514-mile) cable linking Tonga and Fiji may extend to three weeks.
Tonga Cable director Paula Piukala said that they have the information that 80% of our international traffic came from social media.
For that reason, we need to social media services like “Facebook, YouTube and stuff like that in the meantime so that we can maximize the small bandwidth that we have from the satellite on what is important to the country”.
Copyright © 2019 Ghanalive.TV. All Rights Reserved.