Telecom Operators

Cook Islands telecom provider to launch 4G+

<p>Bluesky Cook Islands, the  sole provider of fixed phone, mobile and broadband services to the Cook  Islands, has increased the amount of satellite capacity it is using from SES  Networks, in order to launch 4G+ service to Rarotonga and Aitutaki, the two key  cities of the island nation.<br><br>

  In the announcement made by  SES, the increased capacity delivered on the low latency, high throughput O3b  Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) fleet will also allow the extension of 4G/LTE mobile  backhaul service to the country&rsquo;s outer islands, and faster and dedicated  broadband service for the Cook Islands Ministry of Education. <br><br>

  The Cook Islands was the  first market to use SES Networks&rsquo; O3b MEO satellite system in 2014 to deliver  3G/ 4G services to the remote nation. The island  nation is considered a &lsquo;<strong>Fast Grower&rsquo;</strong>&nbsp;market in Polynesia with a single operator and&nbsp;<strong>8.9 thousand  mobile connections</strong><strong>,</strong> according to GSMA  Intelligence. <br><br>

  The new agreement signed  with SES Networks is part of Bluesky Cook Islands&rsquo; substantial network upgrade.  The launch of 4G+, currently the world&rsquo;s fastest commercial mobile network  technology, demonstrates Bluesky&rsquo;s ongoing commitment to offer new and  innovative products and services to its customers.<br><br>

  The Cook Islands Ministry of  Education will use the increased and faster connectivity from Bluesky to  enhance educational programs which will directly benefit the learning  experience for students of all ages across the country. <br><br>

  Bluesky and the Ministry are  jointly developing a virtual education network portal, enabling students, teachers  and institutions to exchange educational and teacher training material, develop  additional curricular content material and promote a new culture of information  and communication.<br><br>

  &ldquo;By bringing 4G+ technology  to Rarotonga and Aitutaki, we are offering our local consumers and business  customers a better mobile data experience which will translate into  productivity improvements, expanded business opportunities, and exciting new  entertainment options,&rdquo; said Bluesky Country Manager, Phillip Henderson. <br><br>

  &ldquo;The O3b fleet, instrumental  in providing the fiber-equivalent performance needed to roll out the 4G+  service, has made an enormous difference to our subscribers over the last three  years,&rdquo; Henderson added. </p>