Kerry firm Altobridge achieves South Pacific dream

12 May 2010

Irish mobile communications firm Altobridge has secured a three-year wireless network supply and services contract with Tonga Communications Corporation (TCC) to provide the island nation’s macro-GSM coverage.

Under the terms of the agreement, Altobridge will provide TCC with its industry-leading wireless network solution to improve Tonga’s macro-GSM coverage, together with the Altobridge award-winning remote communications solution that will help connect Tonga’s unconnected.

“Altobridge presented a compelling network solution addressing the specific requirements of our customer base,” explained TCC managing director Timote Katoanga.

“Providing reliable, high-speed data access and coverage, coupled with cost-effective connectivity, particularly for remote parts of our network throughout our island nation, is critical to our strategy.”

The first phase, expected to be complete within six months, will see the upgrade and/or replacement of the existing macro-GSM network providing service across the three main island groups of Tongatapu, Vava’u and Ha’apai.

“Mobile network operators are increasingly demanding network solutions with lower operating costs. Lower transmission and power consumption costs, combined with innovative means of providing low-cost wireless broadband connectivity, have become a prerequisite,” said Altobridge CEO Mike Fitzgerald.

“Altobridge is looking forward to a long-term working relationship with TCC,” he added.

By John Kennedy

Photo: Mobile communications company Altobridge will be providing the island nation of Tonga its macro-GSM coverage

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years