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.

Project Details

Project Officer
Narayan, Vijay Pacific Department Request for information
Country
  • Tonga
Modality
  • Grant
Sector
  • Information and communication technology
 
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
concessional ordinary capital resources lending / Asian Development Fund US$ 9.70 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
Description
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact

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 requested 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. It took some time from 2013 to completed the feasibilities for this extension and find suitable mechanism for Government financing the additional costs for the domestic extension. All pre-requirements for the extension were met in January 2017 and ADB and WB have now provided their final approvals for the extension to proceed. Procurement of the civil works provider is in final stages and works are likely to start in Qtr 2 2017. Grant closing date has been extended to allow for proposed additional activities to be facilitated.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

Completed by Qtr 3 2013.

TCL has been managing the project effectively.

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Geographical Location

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 Undertaken
During Project Implementation Undertaken during review missions.

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

Timetable

Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 08 Mar 2017

Grant 0256-TON

Milestones
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 9.70 0.00 100%
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

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Title Document Type Document Date
Tonga-Fiji Submarine Cable Project: Audited Project Financial Statements (July 2015-June 2016) Audited Project Financial Statements Mar 2017
Amendment to the Grant Agreement for Grant 0256-TON: Tonga-Fiji Submarine Cable Project Grant Agreement Mar 2017
Tonga-Fiji Submarine Cable Project: Audited Project Financial Statements (July 2014-June 2015) Audited Project Financial Statements Feb 2016
Tonga-Fiji Submarine Cable Project: Audited Project Financial Statements (July 2013-June 2014) Audited Project Financial Statements May 2015
Tonga-Fiji Submarine Cable Project: Audited Project Financial Statements (June 2012-June 2013) Audited Project Financial Statements Feb 2014
Tonga-Fiji Submarine Cable Project Procurement Plans Jan 2013
Project Agreement for Tonga - Fiji Submarine Cable Project between Asian Development Bank and Tonga Cable Limited dated 9 September 2011 Project/Program Agreements Sep 2011
Grant Agreement for Tonga-Fiji Submarine Cable Project between Kingdom of Tonga and Asian Development Bank dated 9 September 2011 Grant Agreement Sep 2011
Tonga-Fiji Submarine Cable Project Reports and Recommendations of the President Jul 2011
Tonga-Fiji Submarine Cable Project Summary Poverty Reduction and Social Strategies Jul 2011
Tonga-Fiji Submarine Cable Project Project/Program Administration Manual Jun 2011
Tonga-Fiji Submarine Cable Project Design and Monitoring Frameworks Jul 2010
Tonga-Fiji Submarine Cable Project Initial Poverty and Social Analysis May 2010

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: Tonga Cable Extension Initial Environmental Examination Initial Environmental Examination Apr 2016
Tonga-Fiji Submarine Cable Project: Resettlement Framework Resettlement Frameworks Mar 2011
Tonga-Fiji Submarine Cable Project Initial Environmental Examination Mar 2011

Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

None currently available.


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Tenders

No tenders for this project were found.

Contracts Awarded

No contracts awarded for this project were found

Procurement Plan

Title Document Type Document Date
Tonga-Fiji Submarine Cable Project Procurement Plans Jan 2013