Why did Elon Musk donate 50 satellite terminals to Tonga?

The Tongan government has 50 SpaceX in Elon Musk to help the South Pacific Kingdom reestablish communication connections with the world after the January 15 underwater volcanic eruption and tsunami cut off underwater fiber optics. Announced that it has donated an ultra-small opening terminal (VSAT). cable.

What happened

Prime Minister Siaosi Sovaleni confirmed the donation by Tesla’s CEO, according to a report from the Matangi Tonga Online news site.

“They are sending over 50 devices and are looking at ways to get the most out of it,” Sovaleni said, which has been a burden with minimal bandwidth since the cable was cut. He added that the government is looking for strategies to increase local Internet capacity.

“Now we have some free space from satellite orbit,” he added.

What else happened

Sovaleni also said efforts are still underway to enact temporary modifications for underwater fiber optic cables.

“We’re still on track to fix it by either Sunday or Monday, because of the international cable,” he said. “Domestic ones may take a little longer.”

Paula Ma’u, CEO of the Ministry of Communications of Tonga, reported that the government and SpaceX technical staff are working on the installation of VSAT and the launch date is next week.

“These terminals will be deployed in strategic locations throughout Tonga to ensure that connections and communications are maintained, especially for disaster response activities,” Mau said.

Phil Hall

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