TELECOM COOK ISLANDS CUSTOMER STORY
Location: Cook Islands
GDP per Capita: $9,100
Internet Penetration Rate: 50.5%
Internet Users: 6,000
Mobile Subscribers: 12,000
Telecom Cook Islands (TCI) is the main operator in the Cook Islands and is majority owned by Telecom New Zealand.
It serves 85% of households with fixed-line connections, complemented by a GSM/GPRS digital mobile service in Rarotonga, the main Island. TCI went fully operational early in 2014, before O3b’s second satellite launch. O3b enables Islanders to experience connection speeds comparable with fiber for the first time ever, while they now have the throughput for true mobile broadband.
The objective is to enable TCI to cost-effectively distribute bandwidth between the islands, resulting in each receiving 20x the bandwidth they had previously, and to change the lives of the people on the Cook Islands dramatically. TCI want to enhance welfare, education possibilities and the productivity of many businesses with the O3b services.