ABC News | Tonga’s got mail: New technology provides postal service to remote communities


The Kingdom of Tonga is getting a formal postal system for the first time. The Pacific island nation has joined several other developing countries in adopting new geolocation technology developed by a British company to give everyone an address, just not one involving traditional street names or numbers.

Deliveries in Tonga, like many Pacific islands, are usually made by a hit-and-miss series of directions using land marks and help from the locals. It will be the first Pacific nation to adopt the what3words system to develop a postal service, joining Mongolia, Ivory Coast, Djibouti and the Caribbean Dutch territory Sint Maarten.

Tonga Post hopes to distribute three word addresses to most of the country by the end of the year.

“By Christmas, everyone should have a three word address or should know about it and should be able to use it either online or through the traditional mailing system,” Mr Pomana said.

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