Tonga internet satellite

Tonga internet satellite installed at last on the islands

Télécoms Sans Frontières has sent satellite kits to Tonga to improve connectivity on the islands following the volcanic eruption.

Before the pandemic, TSF would have immediately deployed the Tonga internet satellite after it went dark, but strict quarantine rules limit what they can do.

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As their engineers can’t go out, they’ve had to adapt the equipment they send so that it can be set up on the island.

Tonga internet satellite equipment was in quarantine.

Their kit is now out of quarantine and should be deployed imminently and will eventually bring internet connectivity to the smaller islands where people are still completely cut off let us hope that the Tonga internet satellite can be restored soon.

TSF Regional Manager Sebastien Latouille also tells us in the podcast about their latest deployment to Madagascar following Cyclone Batsirai.

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(Image credit: Aftermath of volcanic eruption and Tsunami in Tonga. Credit: Malau Media/via Reuters)

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