Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, DanH, who writes:
Internet and phone service between the Kingdom of Tonga and the outside world was disabled after an undersea cable was cut between Tonga and Fiji.
(Source: Radio New Zealand)
“Tonga’s submarine cable to Fiji was severed on Sunday night, meaning there were no phone or internet services for several days.
Interim satellite links have since been provided but the bandwidth is nowhere near what Tonga needs.
The deputy chief executive of Tonga Communications Corporation, Sione Veikoso, said the company is now providing extra capacity.
[F]ull restoration may be possible within a week but it could take a month.”
Speaking on the Radio New Zealand Pacific program Dateline Pacific (evening edition for 25 January 2019) deputy chief executive of Tonga Communications Corporation, Sione Veikoso said that two cables were cut. Click here to listen to the audio.
I heard the RNZ Dateline Pacific program on RNZI (shortwave), 9700 kHz at 11:13 UTC 1-25-2019.
Thanks for sharing, Dan. Yes, in times like these, shortwave radio makes for an easy, accessible way to get information directly from the source. Radio New Zealand International should be an easy catch in Tonga.
I’m filing this under the tag: Why shortwave radio?