Tonga: Tonga-Fiji Submarine Cable Project

Sovereign Project | 44172-022 Status: Active


ADB is helping Tonga gain high-speed internet access by financing the development of a submarine cable system. The project will help establish an 827-kilometer fiber optic cable system linking Tonga to Fiji via the Southern Cross Cable – the main trans-Pacific link between Australia and the United States. This will provide Tonga’s population of 100,000 with affordable high-speed internet services.

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Project Name Tonga-Fiji Submarine Cable Project
Project Number 44172-022
Country Tonga
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0256-TON: Tonga-Fiji Submarine Cable Project
Asian Development Fund US$ 9.70 million
Grant: Tonga-Fiji Submarine Cable Project
International Development Association US$ 16.50 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Information and communication technology - ICT infrastructure

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome The submarine fiber optic cable system linking Tonga to Fiji where an existing international submarine cable system provides onward cost-effective access to the rest of the world has already been completed and commissioned in August 2013. People of Tongatapu have since been able to enjoy faster internet services. The government intends to extend the cable to other islands of Ha'apai and Va'avau as well using the project savings and some additional financing to be provided by the Government/TCL. Options for financing the additional costs for extension of cable to outer islands is currently (Mar 16) being discussed by the Government of Tonga with World Bank and ADB.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

Submarine fiber optic cable system linking Tonga to Fiji has been completed and commissioned (Aug 2013)

TCL successfully managed the installation works.

Geographical Location

Safeguard Categories

Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects Cable laying and the minor civil works proposed will not result in any significant adverse environmental impact, and all potential environmental impacts can be adequately mitigated and monitored
Involuntary Resettlement The project does not involve any land acquisition
Indigenous Peoples No indigenous peoples' issues have been identified
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services Consulting services included in the procurement package.
Procurement Evaluation of the bidding documents for procurement of plant design, supply and installation (LIB No. TC 2011/1) is on-going.

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Vijay Narayan
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division Pacific Subregional Office in Suva, Fiji
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Finance and National Planning
Vuna Road
Kingdom of Tonga


Concept Clearance 07 Jul 2010
Fact Finding 12 Sep 2010 to 24 Sep 2010
MRM 16 Mar 2011
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 16 Mar 2016

Grant 0256-TON

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
23 Aug 2011 09 Sep 2011 21 Dec 2011 31 Dec 2016 31 Dec 2018 -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 16.30 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 9.70 23 Aug 2011 7.41 0.00 76%
Counterpart 6.60 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 23 Aug 2011 7.41 0.00 76%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - Satisfactory - Satisfactory - Satisfactory

Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards

Safeguard documents provided at the time of project/facility approval may also be found in the list of linked documents provided with the Report and Recommendation of the President.

Title Document Type Document Date
Tonga-Fiji Submarine Cable Project Initial Environmental Examination Mar 2011
Tonga-Fiji Submarine Cable Project: Resettlement Framework Resettlement Frameworks Mar 2011

Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

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