03rd April, 2017 Less than a month after the commencement of Tonga’s new Communication Act 2015, the Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Communications and Climate change, for the time being plays the role of the Communications Regulator, on the 31st March 2017 finalized, executed and gazetted Tonga’s new Interconnection and Access (Submarine Cable Services) Rules 2017 (“Rules”).
The purpose of the Rules are to make broadband services (i.e. internet services) more available to people throughout the Kingdom at affordable prices. The Rules set out reductions in the wholesale pricing for access to the international submarine cable. It is expected that this will lead in time to reductions in retail broadband prices in Tonga.
With the commencement of the Rules, it is estimated that in time there will be a reductions of up to 20-30% in retail prices of broadband services. These will enable the people of Tonga to have more access to internet services at affordable and reasonable prices.
Issued by the: Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Communications & Climate Change