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NUKU’ALOFA, Tonga (Matangi Tonga, Jan. 24) - The government-owned Tonga Communications Corporation accumulated a loss of $50,000 during the five days that its international, inter-island telephone, and Internet services were disrupted last week.

The communications blackout began when the Intelsat satellite that links Tonga to the outside world went out of action on Saturday, January 15.

TCC Engineering Manager, Sione Veikoso, said that since Saturday the utility had restored 60 percent of its service and hoped to be back in full operation this week.

He said that among the telephone links that had to be re-connected was the domestic inter-island connection to the islands of Niuafo'ou and Niuatoputapu.

Sione said that it had taken TCC a lot longer to reconnect their satellite link because of the greater number of carriers they now use to connect Tonga to the outside world.

TCC uses a total of ten carriers.

On the other hand Tonga's other telecommunications provider, Tonfön, uses only one carrier, and it took them only 26 hours to restore their service following the black out.

January 25, 2005

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