Tonga likely to spend a month without internet cable

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Tonga likely to spend a month without internet cable

Tonga likely to spend a month without internet cable

SYDNEY : The undersea telecommunications cable connecting Tonga to the rest of the world that was damaged by a volcano eruption will take at least a month to fix, its owner said on Wednesday, with the delay likely hampering disaster recovery efforts.The explosion https://www.reuters.com/world/covid-19-con

SYDNEY : The undersea telecommunications cable connecting Tonga to the rest of the world that was damaged by a volcano eruption will take at least a month to fix, its owner said on Wednesday, with the delay likely hampering disaster recovery efforts.The explosion https://www.reuters.com/world/covid-19-concerns-force-un-prepare-tsunami-hit-tonga-relief-aid-distance-2022-01-18 of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano, which has killed at least three people and sent tsunami waves across the Pacific, knocked out connectivity https://www.reuters.com/markets/funds/undersea-cable-fault-could-cut-off-tonga-rest-world-weeks-2022-01-18 to the archipelago on Saturday.

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Undersea cable fault could cut off Tonga from rest of the world for weeksThe South Pacific archipelago of Tonga could spend days, or even weeks, cut off from the rest of world because of difficulties in repairing its sole undersea communications cable, which an operator said was ruptured during a massive volcanic eruption. Saturday's explosion of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano sent tsunami waves across the Pacific Ocean so that connectivity was lost on the line, operated by Tonga Cable Ltd, in waters about 37 kilometres (23 miles) offshore. But the repair of Tonga's critical 827-km (514-mile) fibre-optic link to Fiji depends on the arrival of a specialised ship now days away in Port Moresby, the capital of Papua New Guinea.

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Tsunami-hit Tonga islands suffered extensive damage, more deaths fearedSYDNEY/WELLINGTON — Tonga's small outer islands suffered extensive damage from a massive volcanic eruption and tsunami, with an entire village destroyed and many buildings missing, a Tongan diplomat said on Tuesday (Jan 18), raising fears of more deaths and injuries.

LinkedIn SYDNEY : The undersea telecommunications cable connecting Tonga to the rest of the world that was damaged by a volcano eruption will take at least a month to fix, its owner said on Wednesday, with the delay likely hampering disaster recovery efforts.Praveen Menon and Tom Westbrook 18 January 2022, 10:41 am · 4-min read By Praveen Menon and Tom Westbrook    WELLINGTON/SYDNEY (Reuters) - The South Pacific archipelago of Tonga could spend days, or even weeks, cut off from the rest of world because of difficulties in repairing its sole undersea communications cable, which an operator said was ruptured during a massive volcanic eruption.an active volcano that erupted off the South Pacific island of Tonga at the weekend, after the explosion destroyed its sea-level crater and drowned its mass, obscuring it from satellites.LinkedIn SINGAPORE : Scientists are struggling to monitor an active volcano that erupted off the South Pacific island of Tonga at the weekend, after the explosion destroyed its sea-level crater and drowned its mass, obscuring it from satellites.

The explosion https://www.reuters.    Saturday's explosion of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano sent tsunami waves across the Pacific Ocean so that connectivity was lost on the line, operated by Tonga Cable Ltd, in waters about 37 kilometres (23 miles) offshore.com/world/covid-19-concerns-force-un-prepare-tsunami-hit-tonga-relief-aid-distance-2022-01-18 of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano, which has killed at least three people and sent tsunami waves across the Pacific, knocked out connectivity https://www. "When the vent is below water, nothing can tell us what will happen next.reuters.    "Typically, all things going well, it would take around two weeks," said Craige Sloots, marketing and sales director at Southern Cross Cable Network, which connects to the Tonga cable at Fiji.com/markets/funds/undersea-cable-fault-could-cut-off-tonga-rest-world-weeks-2022-01-18 to the archipelago on Saturday. Saturday's eruption was so powerful that space satellites captured not only huge clouds of ash but also an atmospheric shockwave that radiated out from the volcano at close to the speed of sound.

A specialist ship is aiming to embark from Port Moresby on a repair voyage over the weekend, said Samiuela Fonua, chairman of cable owner Tonga Cable Ltd.    "Its ability to repair would also be dependent, as you would expect, on any volcanic activity," Sloots, who is based in Sydney, told Reuters. Photographs and videos showed grey ash clouds billowing over the South Pacific and metre-high waves surging onto the coast of Tonga. But with eight or nine days sailing to collect equipment in Samoa and then an uncertain journey toward the fault in the eruption area he said it will be"lucky" if the job is done within a month. "It could be longer than that," he added on the telephone from Auckland where he has been co-ordinating the repair.    The Reliance, owned by U. "The cables are actually around the volcanic zone. The unusual"astounding" speed and force of the eruption indicated a greater force at play than simply magma meeting water, scientists said. We don't know . firm SubCom, a builder of underwater cable networks that is the repair contractor for more than 50,000 km (31,070 miles) of cable in the South Pacific, has completed five-yearly maintenance in Singapore. Experts said the volcano, which last erupted in 2014, had been puffing away for about a month before rising magma, superheated to around 1,000 degrees Celsius, met with 20-degree seawater on Saturday, causing an instantaneous and massive explosion.

..    SubCom, owned by U. The Tonga Geological Services agency, which was monitoring the volcano, was unreachable on Monday. whether they are intact or blown away or stuck somewhere underwater. We don't know if it's buried even deeper. private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management, said it was working with Tonga Cable Ltd to mobilise the Reliance for the cable repairs, while it evaluated crew and ship safety." In the meantime, Tongans abroad are praying as they wait for news of their friends and relatives. On the day of the eruption, he detected 400,000 lightning events in just three hours, which comes down to 100 lightning events per second. Most communications to Tonga have been cut after the main undersea communications cable lost power.

Telecom operator Digicel said its domestic network was active on Tonga's most populous island and it was now focused on restoring international connections.    Cable operators must first locate the fault by seeing how far a pulse of light travels down the cable before it bounces back at the break. Tonga's government and state-owned Tonga Communications Corp. could not be contacted.    GLOBAL SUBSEA NETWORK    More than 99% of global international data traffic is still carried on a network of about 280 submarine cables stretching more than a million kilometres (621,000 miles). Prof Cas said it is difficult to predict follow-up activity and that the volcano's vents could continue to release gases and other material for weeks or months. PAY LATER The virtual communications blackout has made relief efforts, already challenged by the COVID-19 pandemic, even more difficult. It also underscores the vulnerability of the subsea fibre-optic cables that have become the backbone of global telecoms. After that outage, it signed a 15-year deal for satellite connectivity. "It wouldn't be unusual to get a few more eruptions, though maybe not as big as Saturday," he said.

The $34 million Asian Development Bank and World Bank-funded cable was finished in 2018 and boosted Tonga's net speeds more than 30-fold, but is almost its sole link to the wider world." More On This Topic. Attempts to replicate an emergency satellite connection that was set up when the same cable was severed three years ago had stalled amidst a contract dispute between the government and Singapore-based satellite operator Kacific.    The use of satellite phones has also been affected by the ash still blanketing the country after the eruption. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said on Tuesday that Tonga is negotiating with Kacific, which has a satellite above the archipelago, to access a satellite internet connection. Tonga Cable will be expected to pay U.    Digicel, an international mobile network provider, said it had set up an interim system on the main island of Tongatapu using the University of the South Pacific’s satellite dish, which could allow limited 2G coverage.S.

maintenance company SubCom for the repairs.    "We just wait and pray and hope that communications come back soon because we don't know anything," said Pauline Lavulo, whose husband Aqulia is a pastor to the Tongan community in Sydney. Chairman Fonua declined to provide an estimate but said the bill would probably come in below $1 million."We will settle the cost later," he said.. "There are some other cable companies as well that are willing to provide spare cables," he added, without elaborating. Tonga will be able to access a $10 million Asian Development Bank relief facility upon request, the director general of the ADB's Pacific department, Emma Veve, told Reuters on Wednesday. wherever we are in the globe, we still have family back home.

(Reporting by Tom Westbrook in Sydney. Additional reporting by Karen Lema in Manila.) Source: Reuters .