Musk’s SpaceX working to restore Tonga’s internet
SINGAPORE (Reuters), a Fijian official said that Elon Musk’s satellite Internet venture was helping restore connectivity to Tonga in the Pacific Islands.
Tonga was cut off its sole optical-fibre connection to the internet on Jan. 15, and has had very limited connectivity since then.
On Twitter, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum (NYSE:) stated that a SpaceX team was currently in Fiji to establish a Starlink gateway station for Tonga.
Starlink, a division within Tesla’s SpaceX aerospace firm (NASDAQ:), was mentioned by Musk in January on Twitter.
Hunga Tonga Ha’apai’s volcanic eruption set off a tsunami, destroying villages and resorts. The tsunami also covered the capital of the country of 105,000 people and cut the fibre-optic cables.
SpaceX is still not certain when it will start, but the Fijian Broadcasting Corporation, citing Sayed Khaiyum said that engineers would be operating a Fiji ground station for six months.
SpaceX has not responded to an email asking for comments. Tonga’s prime Minister’s Office and Tonga Communications Corporation were not reachable immediately via phone or email.
Refinitiv shipping data shows cable repair ship Reliance has been off the coast of Tonga’s main island for nearly a week as it seeks to fix https://graphics.reuters.com/TONGA-VOLCANO/znpnejbjovl the damaged subsea cable.
Tongans have been struggling to communicate with their relatives overseas and have had to help in recovery efforts.
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