Tonga finds experiencing horror to which we are all exposed: live without internet. The archipelago of 177 islands has been disconnected due to the failure that suffered the only submarine cable which connects the country with the rest of the Pacific.
The government of Tonga presumes that the cause of the two cuts in the cable which connects the country with Fiji could be Anchor of a ship which dragged part of it to damage it. The internet court affected services such as bank transactions, money transfers, travel reservations, hotels and, of course, the use of social networks.
The government of Tonga has enabled a satellite connection to cover emergencies and offer goals 20 minutes of access to people who have patience to do row.
The bad news for the people of Tonga is that there is not a date estimated by repair the cable. It's spoken of a week or two at most. The government of the country even spoke of block the use of social networks like Facebook or YouTube to prioritize other services with little bit of bandwidth that provides the satellite connection.
The incident in Tonga reminds us of what happened in Africa in April 2018. Six countries were left without internet because of a damaged cable. The largest affected was Mauritania, who was disconnected for 48 hours. A year before Somalia suffered a similar fate when it was disconnected for weeks.
The world is dependent on submarine cables
The Submarine Cable Map page offers a detailed map of submarine cables and their routes updated today. Few know that these cables are responsible of almost the All of the data transfer.
companies like Google have started the development of submarine cables private like the Curie, what will connect California to Chile looking to optimize latency and boost the Cloud platform. A second called cable Dunant will connect to the United States with France and aims to be the first transatlantic technology cable.
Some already anticipate that we should worry about protecting these cablesVulnerable to ship anchors, sharks and anyone wishing to sabotage the connections of an enemy country.