Research and Markets: Cook Islands - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Satellite Services from O3b Consortium to Bring Faster Broadband in 2011

DUBLIN--()--Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/d07d71/cook_islands_tel) has announced the addition of the "Cook Islands - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband" report to their offering.

Consisting of 15 islands spread over 2.2 million sq kms, the Cook Islands lie in the centre of the Polynesian Triangle. Like many other Pacific countries, the Cook Islands suffers from the same enormous problems of distance and a small population. Tourism is a major source of income for the islands with more than 100,000 tourists expected to visit the islands in 2010.

All telecommunications services are currently provided by the monopoly operator, Telecom Cook Islands Ltd, which is majority-owned by Telecom New Zealand. There have been calls over several years from the local Chamber of Commerce for this to change by opening up the telecom sector to competition and bring a much needed economic boost to the country.

The governments proposed reform to the telecommunications sector is likely to occur in 2010. Meanwhile two alternative operators, Caribbean-based mobile group Digicel and locally based Mervin Communications have both shown expressions of interest in entering the market but are currently stifled by legislation.

Around 85% of households have fixed-line connections. A GSM/GPRS digital mobile service was launched in Rarotonga, the main island, at the end of 2003. TCI launched a prepaid WiFi Internet service in September 2005 and a residential ADSL service on Rarotonga in April 2006. By 2008 TCI had upgraded its core mobile network to allow the launch of new services such as integrated SMS, voice mail, GPRS and prepaid mobile.

Satellite services from the O3b consortium may finally bring faster broadband to the islands in 2011 using medium earth orbit satellites. The O3b Networks Ltd is a network company with the financial backing of Google, HSBC and SES. The group aims to build an Internet infrastructure based on MEO satellites providing high-speed Internet and telecommunications access to emerging countries, although the costing of US$500 million may delay the launch date beyond late 2011.

Key Topics Covered:

1. Executive summary

2. Key statistics

3. Country overview

4. Telecommunications market

5. Regulatory environment

6. Fixed network operator in Cook Islands

7. Telecommunications infrastructure

8. Broadband and Internet access market

9. Digital media market

10. Digital Economy

11. Mobile communications

12. Related reports

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Research and Markets
Laura Wood, Senior Manager,
press@researchandmarkets.com
U.S. Fax: 646-607-1907
Fax (outside U.S.): +353-1-481-1716