20 Jan 2005

Links being restored to outer Cook Islands

2:56 pm on 20 January 2005

Telecommunications services to all inhabited outer islands in the Cook Islands should be restored this afternoon except for Palmerston and Nassau.

Telecommunications links in the country have been hampered since Friday following the failure of the region's major telecommunications satellite, controlled by Intelsat

Telecom general manager Phillip Henderson said yesterday afternoon that they had received instructions from Intelsat to adjust its antenna to receive signals from its satellite at 180 degrees east.

Mr Henderson said that to restore internet services, it was necessary to make a further adjustment to their dish to receive and send signals to Intelsat's satellite at 183 degrees east.

Henderson said that the adjustment also required the Warkworth satellite station in New Zealand to recommission a dish.