Thursday, May 10, 2012

Random News Generator- Tonga

Nothing all that earth-shattering coming out of Tonga right now, though don't mistake that for nothing important happening. A French company, Alcatel-Lucent, has won a contract to lay undersea fiber optic cable from Fiji to Tonga. What this is going to do is connect Tonga to a larger network, the Southern Cross Cable, which links Australia to the United States. That is, amazingly, a connection Tonga does not yet have. Undersea cables litter the bottom of the ocean; in fact, some are now just sitting there rotting as newer cables are laid and the old ones decommissioned. But none of those cables connect Tonga; as noted by Lord Tu'ivakano, Tonga's Prime Minister and Minister for Information and Communication, until now, they've been relying on satellite connections.

In other words, after the estimated 14-month project is completed, Tonga is finally going to be formally connected to the same Internet as everyone else.


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