Cable Outages: The Case of the Hunga Tonga–Hunga Haʻapai Eruption

Internet connectivity in Tonga is now scheduled to be restored in late February, after cable repair ship Reliance found more than one break along the Fiji end of the Tonga Cable.

The Tonga Domestic Cable Extension (TDCE), which links Tongatapu with Pangai and Neifau, was also severed further offshore. The damage caused by the Hunga Tonga–Hunga Haʻapai eruption left Tonga, a kingdom of some 170 South Pacific islands, largely cut off from the rest of the world, with any satellite service thwarted by the billowing ash cloud.

Read the full article in ON&T February 2022.

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