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 Name||Tonga-Fiji Submarine Cable Project|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Grant
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Inclusive economic growth
|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|
|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.|
|Description of Project Outputs|
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||
Completed by Qtr 3 2013.
TCL has been managing the project effectively.
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.|
|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 ADB Officer||Narayan, Vijay|
|Responsible ADB Department||Pacific Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Pacific Subregional Office in Suva, Fiji|
Ministry of Finance and National Planning
Kingdom of Tonga
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||08 Mar 2017|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|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%|
|Cofinancing||0.00||23 Aug 2011||7.41||0.00||76%|
|Status of Covenants|
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|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.
|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Together We Deliver 2015: Partnerships against Poverty||Books||Apr 2016|
|我们共同实现2015 : 携手合作消除贫困||Books||Apr 2016|
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Tonga’s High-Speed RevolutionAn undersea fiber-optic cable network is banishing Tonga’s long-standing isolation and ushering in the wired world of the 21st century.
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High Speed Broadband Goes Live in TongaThe Asian Development Bank (ADB), Tonga Cable Corporation (TCC), and World Bank Group joined the Government of Tonga at a ceremony today to celebrate the arrival of high speed internet in Tonga.