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Kacific waiting for Tongan contract activation to supply satellite services post-eruption

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Satellite provider says it is waiting on Tongan government to activate its contract.
In 2019 after the Tonga cable suffered a pair of cuts and experienced 12-day outage, the archipelago signed a 15-year deal with Kacific for satellite connectivity. However, that deal is currently sitting in arbitration in Singapore and has never been activated. Consequently, the satellite connectivity provider has yet to supply the nation after a volcano erupted on Saturday and cut the Tonga subsea cable system in two places. “Kacific is willing and able to restore connectivity since a valid and signed agreement exists to that effect between the Government of Tonga and Kacific.” Kacific CEO Christian Patouraux said in a statement issued on Monday. “All we need is to activate that service and perform that contract. We are now awaiting instructions. We have one simple message for the Government of Tonga. We can help.

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