SpaceX engineers in Fiji for six months – FBC News

Engineers from SpaceX, which among other things makes space rockets, are currently in Fiji.

Space Exploration Technologies Corporation is owned by the world’s richest man, American innovator Elon Musk, who also produces electric cars under the Tesla brand.

Communications Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum confirmed to FBC News that the SpaceX team is here to work on an internet gateway for the Kingdom of Tonga.

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This is in response to the underwater volcanic eruption which damaged the undersea fiber optic cable leaving Tonga without reliable internet connectivity.

Sayed-Khaiyum adds that SpaceX engineers will establish and operate a temporary ground station in Fiji for six months.


“Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (Space X) had applied for a temporary emergency telecommunications license on January 20, the sole purpose of this license is to provide an Internet gateway. However, Space X and FINTEL are currently in commercial negotiations to co-locate the earth station and connect to the Fiji Internet Gateway.

The Acting Prime Minister also confirms that SpaceX has also expressed interest in providing internet services to Fiji and that the government will move talks forward if it presents a full proposal.

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