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Connectivity restored thanks to Digicel and SES Networks partnership

Wednesday, 30 January 2019 - Nuku’alofa, Tonga - Digicel Tonga was able to achieve rapid restoration of its mobile and broadband connectivity for business and consumer customers across Tonga on the back of a major fibre break in a third party-owned cable thanks to the help of SES Networks’ managed services solutions.

Using SES’s reliable and comprehensive C-band beams to deliver satellite-enabled and scalable IP transit trunk circuits between Tonga and Fiji, Digicel moved into high gear to ensure business critical services were available to the people of Tonga. 

Digicel Tonga CEO, Francis Thomsen said, “Our job always is to ensure that our customers are as connected as possible. We have been hugely helped in that by SES Networks who provided a reliable and flexible solution that could help us overcome the challenges faced when trying to get our mobile networks and broadband access up and running where and when we needed it in the shortest possible time. Our customers have an alternative path to access data services at all times through SES’ satellite fleet and the peace of mind that Digicel is always working to keep them connected.”

“We are extremely proud to deliver data connectivity to nations that experience unexpected outages, so that their citizens can continue with daily communications and business activities without interruption,” said Imran Malik Khan, VP, Fixed Data Sales APAC at SES Networks. 

He continues; “We have worked closely together with Digicel in the past in the Asia Pacific region, and now we have been able to work together to implement Signature Telecom Solution in record time in Tonga. We are especially pleased to help Tongan people get back online while efforts to repair the Tonga Cable System are taking place.”

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About Digicel Group 

Digicel Group is a total communications and entertainment provider with operations in 31 markets throughout the Caribbean, Central America and Asia Pacific. Digicel also runs a host of community-based initiatives across its markets, including Digicel Foundations in Haiti, Jamaica, Papua New Guinea and Trinidad and Tobago which focus on educational, cultural and social development programs.

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About SES

SES is the world’s leading satellite operator with over 70 satellites in two different orbits, Geostationary Orbit (GEO) and Medium Earth Orbit (MEO). It provides a diverse range of customers with global video distribution and data connectivity services through two business units: SES Video and SES Networks. SES Video reaches over 351 million TV homes, through Direct-to-Home (DTH) platforms and cable, terrestrial, and IPTV networks globally. The SES Video portfolio includes MX1, a leading media service provider offering a full suite of innovative services for both linear and digital distribution, and the ASTRA satellite system, which has the largest DTH television reach in Europe. SES Networks provides global managed data services, connecting people in a variety of sectors including telecommunications, maritime, aeronautical, and energy, as well as governments and institutions across the world. The SES Networks portfolio includes GovSat, a 50/50 public-private partnership between SES and the Luxembourg government, and O3b, the only non-geostationary system delivering fibre-like broadband services today. Further information is available at:

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