29 Jan 2007

Cooks to upgrade mobile phone network

4:23 pm on 29 January 2007

Telecom Cook Islands will spend hundreds of thousands of dollars upgrading its mobile phone network to overcome congestion caused by increasing use.

The Cook Islands Times quotes chief executive Stuart Davies as saying Telecom Cook islands had committed to investing in a new exchange before network outages over the past week.

Technical details were already being developed for the exchange, which would also enable further development of services to outer islands such as Aitutaki.

Mr Davies said they had been told their existing network - worth nearly four million New Zealand dollars - was the best in the Pacific Islands. But it was running out of capacity because of rapid growth in mobile phone use.

The Cook Islands Times said Telecom Cook Islands is also this year further developing Next Generation Technology, using WiMAX.

WiMAX is a wireless-based system enabling delivery of broadband connections, and covering much greater distances than WiFi technology now being used for some Cook Islands Internet services.

Telecom Cook Islands is the country's only telecommunications service provider.

It is jointly owned by the Cook Islands Government and Telecom New Zealand.