“O3b stands to lift the ability of Cook Islanders to do business, and offer advantages to the social sectors of health and education.”

Prime Minister, Jim Marurai

TELECOM COOK ISLANDS CUSTOMER STORY

Location

telecom-cook-islandsLocation: Cook Islands
Area: 240km2
Capital: Avarua
Population: 20,000
GDP per Capita: $9,100
Internet Penetration Rate: 50.5%
Internet Users: 6,000
Mobile Subscribers: 12,000

Overview

cook-islands-square-150x150Telecom 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.

Solution

Product: O3bTrunk
Region: Cook Islands, Pacific Islands
Application: IP Connectivity

Customer Solution Benefit: Significantly increasing customer bandwidths available, introducing next generation services and future proofing the network against competition. This solution enables TCI to cost-effectively distribute bandwidth between the islands, resulting in each receiving 20x the bandwidth they had previously. The lives of the people on the Cook Islands have changed dramatically since the arrival of O3b. It is used to enhance welfare, education possibilities and the productivity of many businesses.

Jules Maher, former CEO, Telecom Cook Islands says…

“O3b promised it would deliver fiber-like connectivity from the sky, and that’s exactly what O3b is doing today, O3b is simply opening up possibilities that weren’t there before. It’s going to make us much more viable as a country. O3b’s claim that they deliver “fibre from the sky” has been proved correct for us here in the Cook Islands – thousands of kilometres away from the nearest large land mass or undersea cable.”