Bluesky Cook Islands to launch 4G+ service via SES Networks

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, the company said.

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´s outer islands, and faster and dedicated broadband service for the Cook Islands Ministry of Education.

The Cook Islands was the first market to use SES Networks´ innovative O3b MEO satellite system in 2014 to deliver 3G/ 4G services to the remote nation.

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

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. 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.

SES is a satellite operator and the first to deliver a differentiated and scalable GEO-MEO offering worldwide, with more than 50 satellites in Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) and 12 in Medium Earth Orbit (MEO).

Bluesky Group launched Bluesky Cook Islands in July 2015, and is the sole provider of fixed phone, mobileand broadband services to the Cook Islands. Bluesky´s product range offers core telecommunication services of fixed line, mobile, internet, postal and Moana TV (IPTV). Products for the home and individual users as well as corporate solutions to corporate clients (PABX, dedicated lines), international and national (long distance) calling services, prepaid calling cards, wifi / hotspots, e-charge services, mobile products and accessories.