The subsea cable providing broadband internet service to Tonga Cable experienced a mechanical failure on Sunday, January 20, resulting in nationwide internet and mobile service disruptions. Local reports indicate internet service disruptions persist as of the evening hours (local time) on Tuesday, January 22, although some mobile phone and ATM services are available. Internet service providers have reportedly reverted to satellite internet to "ensure essential services" until repairs are made to the subsea cable. Telecommunications disruptions are likely to continue over the coming days and weeks.
Individuals in Tonga are advised to monitor the situation and make alternative arrangements for communications during the internet suspensions.