Cook Islands - Telecoms Market Overview & Statistics


Consisting of 15 islands spread over 2.2 million sq kms, the Cook Islands suffers from the same enormous problems of distance and small population as do many other Pacific countries. All telecommunications services are provided by the monopoly operator, Telecom Cook Islands Ltd, which is majority-owned by Telecom New Zealand. Around 85% of households have fixed-line connections. A new 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 upgraded its core mobile network to allow the launch of new services such as integrated SMS, voice mail, GPRS and prepaid mobile. Please also note that this report is updated very infrequently due to limited availability of information on the local telecoms market.

This report was archived in April 2010, with all stats and data as updated in 2008, see separate report: Cook Islands - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband for the latest available information.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Key statistics
  • 3. Country overview
  • 4. Telecommunications market
    • 4.1 Overview of Cook Islands’ telecom market
  • 5. Regulatory environment
  • 6. Fixed network operator in Cook Islands
    • 6.1 Telecom Cook Islands Ltd
  • 7. Telecommunications infrastructure
    • 7.1 National and international
      • 7.1.1 Satellite connections
      • 7.1.2 Market developments – May 2007
  • 8. Broadband and Internet market
    • 8.1 Internet market
    • 8.2 Broadband market
    • 8.3 Wireless broadband
    • 8.4 Planned WiMAX trials
    • 8.5 Public access terminals
    • 8.6 ISP market
      • 8.6.1 Oyster Internet Services
  • 9. Broadcasting
    • 9.1 Satellite TV
  • 10. Mobile communications
    • 10.1 Overview of Cook Islands’ mobile market
    • 10.2 Mobile network upgrade – 2007
    • 10.3 Digicel set to enter the Cook Islands
    • 10.4 GSM/GPRS network history
    • 10.5 Analogue network history
  • 11. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Country statistics – 2008
  • Table 2 – Telephone network statistics – 2008
  • Table 3 – Internet provider statistics – 2008
  • Table 4 – Internet user statistics – 2008
  • Table 5 – Mobile statistics – 2008
  • Table 6 – Internet users – 2001 - 2008
  • Table 7 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1997 - 2008

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