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Tonga internet cable project completes first major stage, according to the latest SubCable News.

A project to provide a high speed broadband internet connection to Tonga has completed its first major stage. The Tonga end of an 826 kilometre underwater fibre optic cable link has come ashore from Fiji. The Cable Ship “Ile de Re” started the installation of this project just recently.

The project costs $US34 million and is funded by the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and the Tonga Communications Corporation. The chief executive of Tonga's Ministry of Information and Communication, Mr Paula P Ma'u, has told Radio Australia's Pacific Beat the new optic fibre cable will help reduce the costs of high speed internet.

"The whole purpose of this project is to make the costs of internet cheaper for the people, for the businesses, and for Tonga because...we've experienced very high costs through satellites," Mr Ma'u said.

"Now cable is coming and the internet costs will be much, much cheaper." Mr Ma'u says the high speed connection will be available from August 5.
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