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Pacific Regional Connectivity Program

Tonga

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Project ID: P113184 | Project Status: Active

 

Abstract* last updated: 07-SEP-2011
 
The objective of the Pacific Regional Connectivity Program is to reduce the cost and increase the availability of international bandwidth for participating countries, and thereby facilitates the development of a wide range of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) applications to support social and economic development in the Pacific region. There are three components to the project. The first component of the project is submarine cable system. This will include: the construction of an 827 km repeatered cable linking Nuku'alofa (Tonga) with Suva (Fiji), and a cable landing station in Tonga. The second component of the project is enabling environment, ($1.0 million) will finance technical assistance for the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) on telecommunications policy, legal and regulatory development, licensing harmonization, and on the legal and regulatory environment for internet and e-transactions, and regulatory capacity building. The third component of the project is project management and administration ($0.4 million) will provide administrative support to the MIC in the areas of project management, procurement, financial management, communications strategy and audit.

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