Sydney, Australia, 18th September 2013, Pactel International (“Pactel”), a leading satellite communications provider in Asia-Pacific and a member of the SpeedCast Group, today announced that Tonga Cable Limited (“TCL”) has selected Pactel to provide IP connectivity for their new fibre optic cable, connecting the islands of Tonga to an international fibre network via the Southern Cross cable in Fiji. Fibre connectivity will replace the existing satellite network, also provided by Pactel, which is planned to be deployed as a backup link to provide automatic redundancy in case of a fibre network failure.
Tonga’s growing network has expanded from 40Mbps to 160Mbps and is expected to reach unprecedented levels of performance with minimal delay. The residents of Tonga will now have access to faster Internet speed and higher bandwidth capacity at a more affordable price.
Robert Bolouri, CEO, of TCL said: “Pactel International has a track record of providing reliable connectivity into the Pacific Islands. We are confident that consolidating Tonga’s fibre and satellite services with Pactel will allow Tonga Cable to reach new levels of Internet service performance and enhance reliability of the entire network”.
The service is supported by 24/7 network monitoring and support from Pactel’s Network Operations Centre and, if required, Pactel’s field technician support.
The connection between Tonga and Fiji is part of the regional connectivity project which is aimed at connecting the Pacific Islands through fibre optic cable.
“The roll-out of the Pacific Islands’ fibre network will enable our customers to have access to the worlds fastest and most reliable Internet connectivity, that they were previously unable to enjoy”, said Andrew Taylor, General Manager at Pactel International. “We are honoured that TCL chose Pactel for IP connectivity services,” Taylor added.
About Pactel International
Founded in 2003, Pactel International is an Australian-based satellite communications provider, supplying connectivity across all areas of the Asia-Pacific region. Our offerings range from commercial and corporate to carrier-grade networks that support services such as Internet, Private WAN, Telephony, Voice and Wireless.
Pactel’s primary mission is to provide remotely-based businesses and communities with peace of mind by keeping them connected: constantly, reliably and efficiently. Accordingly, we are committed to providing a communication infrastructure that reflects the diversity of our end-user requirements: from small businesses to resource sector through to resellers and wholesalers.
Pactel joined the SpeedCast Group in May 2013. This reinforces Pactel’s customer commitment by enabling us to provide global coverage; expand our service portfolio to offer an integration of telecommunications, network management and maritime solutions; and have access to a wider, diverse-carrier network and infrastructure.
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About Tonga Limited
Tonga Cable Limited was formed in November 2009, with approval of Government of Tonga, to build and manage a submarine fibre optic cable to connect Tonga to an international network.
After careful analysis of all the alternatives, connection to Southern Cross in Fiji was selected as the best . The project is financed partially by World Bank, partially by Asian Development Bank and the balance is provided by Tonga Communications Corporation (TCC).
Connection between Tonga and Fiji is part of the regional connectivity project which is aimed at connecting all Pacific Islands through submarine fibre optic cable.For further information please contact: