Find Telecommunication expertise in Tonga
The main telecommunications corporation in Tonga is the Tonga Communications Corp (TCC), which provides local and international telecoms services. TCC is a government-owned company established under the Telecommunications Commission Act 1984. Another provider of telecoms in the country is Digicel Pacific, a private company operating throughout the Pacific Islands. In 2007, Digicel officially bought out the Tongan mobile operator Tonfön and took control of the company’s mobile phone, internet and television serviced.
Tonga has a population of 102,000 people with mobile phone penetration at just 35% (2008). To increase mobile phone penetration, Digicel, in 2008, launched a new network in Tonga. Digicel Pacific CEO stated that the company have ‘upgraded and expanded our network right across Tongatapu, Vava’u, Ha’apai and Eua to deliver crystal clear, unbeatable coverage throughout the Kingdom of Tonga and introduce mobile service to some communities for the first time ever.’
Regulatory reforms in the telecoms sector have resulted in a marked increase in teledensity, a huge fall in the waiting list, and over 200% decline in telecom tariffs.
Tonga Broadcasting Commission provides public radio and TV services; there are several private radio stations and a cable TV channel. WiFi services are now available throughout the island.