The Honourable Prime Minister, Lord Tu’ivakano, was the guest of honour in the ground-breaking ceremony for the commencement of the Domestic High Speed Broadband project in the outer islands on 14 May 2014.In his keynote address, the Lord Prime Minister said that, “A few months ago, the people of Tongatapu have started to enjoy the benefits of this high-speed internet, and Government have worked earnestly to ensure the equitable distribution of this development benefits is shared with the outer islands and communities,”The Governor of Vava’u, Lord Fulivai reciprocated the joy of the Vava’u people, stating that, “I have no doubt that this important project will elevate the social and economic development of Vava’u, particularly in the health and education sectors.”
“This new development will provide impetus for the development of tourism, and attract foreign investments in this sector in the near future,” said the Governor of Vava’u.
Also partaking on the occasion was the Minister for Public Enterprises, Hon. Fe’ao Vakatā, and members of the TCL Board of Directors: Mr. Siaosi Sovaleni, CEO for Public Enterprises and Dr. Leimoni Taufu’i, CEO for National Retirement Benefits Fund.
The High Speed Broadband project was approved by Government last year, following the commissioning of the international segment of the fibre optic cable system between Tonga and Fiji. This project will include Vava’u and Ha’apai.
The CEO of the Tonga Cable Limited, Mr. Robert Bolouri said the immediate objectives of the Project are to improve the enabling environment for telecommunications and ICT in outer island groups of Tonga and promote increased access to infrastructure and services by reducing the costs of connectivity.