10 Oct 2013

Some teething problems with Tonga's faster internet link

2:45 pm on 10 October 2013

Tonga's state-owned telecommunications' operator says the country's new high-speed internet system has some hiccups to iron out.

A 800 kilometre fibre optic cable system now links Tonga to Fiji via the Southern Cross Cable, which is the main trans-Pacific link between Australia and the United States.

Tonga Communications Corporation, or TCC, is currently the only internet provider in the country using the cable.

The board chairperson of TCC, Aloma Johansson, says there have been some problems since the launch in August, including congestion issues.

"You have people who are very pleased with it, who say that the speed and volume is brilliant and you have others who complain that it is not working as they had expected."

Aloma Johansson, who is also the President of the Tonga Chamber of Commerce and Industries, says the company is working to address any problems.