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SpaceX applies for 29,988 new satellites

As expected, SpaceX has formally applied to the ITU to place an additional 29,988 new satellites into orbit. SpaceX is using the Pacific island state of Tonga as its regulatory source and using TongSat which is looking to profit from the satellite industry. The satellites will operate in the W-band, which is the microwave portion […]

October 12, 2023By Chris Forrester

Kacific extends Tonga connectivity

Kacific Broadband Satellite is supplying a “wider and more resilient communications infrastructure” for The Kingdom of Tonga. Singapore-based Kacific already has a relationship with Tonga through Tonga Communications Corp. (TCC) and provides a satellite-based mobile backhaul solution will improve connectivity in underserved areas, and an enterprise-level back-up service will help mitigate the impact of future […]

November 1, 2022By Chris Forrester

SES extends O3b coverage over Tonga

International mobile operator Digicel will use SES’s Medium Earth Orbit O3b satellites to provide reliable connectivity to Tonga for disaster relief. SES and Digicel say they will extend their partnership to provide the Kingdom of Tonga with long-term disaster resiliency to minimise bandwidth disruptions. Under the agreement, Digicel will benefit from SES’s expertise in offering […]

September 15, 2022By Chris Forrester

NOVELSAT supports Internet restoration in Tonga

NOVELSAT, a global player in content connectivity, is supporting local efforts to restore communications services following the Hunga Tonga- Ha’apai volcanic eruption and subsequent tsunami that knocked out communications infrastructure in the Tonga islands. NOVELSAT satellite modems deliver high-throughput connectivity, restoring vital communications services and facilitating critical business and operational activities. “We are proud to […]

February 7, 2022

Tonga licenses Kacific for satellite services

Last week, Tonga was dragging its feet in regard to a 15-year licensing agreement reached with Kacific back in 2019. Now, amidst the catastrophic results of the volcano and tsunami, the Tonga government has relented and granted Kacific permission to operate. Kacific Broadband Satellites has now been cleared by the Tongan telecommunications regulator to provide […]

January 26, 2022By Chris Forrester

SES helps reconnect Tonga

SES, working with Digicel Tonga, has re-enabled crucial communications with the outside world following the volcano and tsunami which hit the Pacific islands. First international calls service from Tongatapu provided by Digicel has been working since Wednesday, with both SES and Digicel teams working on restoring more vital communications services in the coming days. “With […]

January 21, 2022By Chris Forrester

Kacific Satellite in dispute with Tonga

Back in 2019 the Tongan Government signed a much-heralded 15-year agreement with satellite operator Kacific for access to the operator’s Kacific-1 craft. However, according to numerous press reports, the government has allegedly failed to pay its obligations for the service. The agreement was structured to see service provided to 89 Tongan islands, some of which […]

January 20, 2022By Chris Forrester