22 Feb 2019

Tonga police open investigation into internet blackout

1:52 pm on 22 February 2019

Police in Tonga have opened an investigation into the severing of the country's fibre-optic internet cable last month.

It's still unclear what caused the cut, which plunged Tonga into a 12-day internet blackout and also hampered international phone calls.

Police Commissioner Stephen Caldwell said the investigation would assess whether the damage to the cable was deliberate or accidental.

The Police Minister, Māteni Tapueluelu, said last week there appeared to be a "human factor" behind the damage.

The cable's owner, government-owned Tonga Cable Ltd, completed its initial investigation last week.