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Minister for MEIDECC commissions TBC new AM Transmitter

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17th August 2018 The Minister for MEIDECC Hon. Poasi Mataele Tei commissioned a new AM Transmitter for Tonga Broadcasting Commission (TBC) at TBC’s studio yesterday afternoon.

The AM Transmitter marked an important milestone for Tonga, as it connects the AM Radio frequency through a pipe line on air to their main transmitter at Popua.

The new transmitter was funded by the World Bank under the Pacific Resilience Program (PREP) implemented under the Ministry of MEIDECC which cost NZD $685, 973.50 which equivalent to 1 million Tongan Pa’anga.

CEO for MEIDECC Mr. Paula Ma’u said this is an important component of PREP which has four major components and one of them is strengthening early warning system and preparedness.

“It is understood that this AM station is the only station that is accessible from anywhere in Tonga, which is the best and only medium to broadcast not only educational and informational purposes, but also deliver 24 hours free of charge warnings; awareness; and preparedness; during time of emergency and potential natural disasters.”

Mr. Ma’u also expressed his gratitude to the World Bank for all the assistance given to Tonga, and the main contractor, Gencom Technology Ltd New Zealand in successfully completing this important component of the project.

“I trust that both TBC and the people of Tonga will enjoy the improved quality of services, from today onwards, after the completion of this project. This marks an important stepping stone towards the implementation of an enhanced complete Early Warning System for the whole of Tonga, and hopefully we will then see a new Tonga Broadcasting Commission that continues to deliver its renowned services to our people, and even saving lives at times of natural disasters.”

TBC’s AM Radio frequency was transmitted from the station in Fasi to the transmitter in Popua by an underground copper wire.

TBC’s Acting General Manager Mr. Solomone Finau said that the copper wire was badly affected by TC Gita.

“From then, we were using a temporary frequency which was given to us by MEIDECC, until this project came in. So today’s event marked a historic milestone in which we are moving from analogue to digital which is a pipe line on air.”

In telecommunications, a transmitter or radio transmitter is an electronic device which produces radio waves with an antenna. The transmitter itself generates a radio frequency alternating current, which is applied to the antenna.

Tonga Broadcasting Commission is Tonga’s National Broadcaster – which was commissioned by the Late Queen Salote Tupou III on the 4th July 1961, with a mission to inform, educate and entertain.



Issued by the Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change and Communication


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