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Connecting the islands: Bridging the bandwidth gap across remote and underserved markets

The Cook Islands is a favourite getaway destination among vacationing New Zealanders and Australians determined to leave it all behind for a while. Reluctantly, they even give up their high-speed broadband.

Fast, affordable Internet access is out of reach across this remote country, including the main island of Rarotonga—until now.

Telecom Cook Islands has secured a large chunk of bandwidth from O3b Networks to provide Cook Islands businesses, 15,000 residents and more than 100,000 annual tourists with speedy web access.

O3b Networks is set to initiate its satellite-delivered service to the Cook Islands in mid-2013, following the launch of O3b’s initial global constellation of eight Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellites.