Vodafone Cook Islands to Deliver 4G+ Networks throughout the Cook Islands using SES’s O3b mPOWER
Vodafone to expand 4G networks to outer islands via its Mobile Backhaul mPOWERED service in a bid to bridge the island nation’s digital divide
LUXEMBOURG, 16 December 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Customers of Vodafone Cook Islands, the leading telecommunications service provider in the Cook Islands, will be able to experience 4G+ networks and high performance internet connectivity across the outer islands as a result of a new O3b mPOWER agreement signing is with SES. O3b mPOWER is SES’s second generation medium earth orbit (MEO) system that sets a new standard of high-performance services for governments and enterprises around the world.
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Vodafone Cook Islands to deliver 4G+ networks throughout the Cook Islands using SES’s O3b mPOWER (Photo: Business Wire)
During O3b mPOWER launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA, both companies announced that Vodafone Cook Islands will use SES’s Mobile Backhaul mPOWERED service enabled by O3b mPOWER satellites to increase access to online services in health, education banking and commerce for the residents, gives the islands’ tourism a big boost. Mobile Backhaul mPOWERED delivers guaranteed, multi-gigabit per second connection. This expanded partnership is also part of Vodafone’s plan to extend the same level of services to the outer islands and will see islands like Manihiki enjoy improved broadband and mobile network access. Furthermore, it will also encourage people to live and work in the outer islands.
Vodafone Cook Islands was the first customer in the region to use SES’ current generation O3b satellite system in 2014 to deliver 3G/4G services to the remote nation. With Mobile Backhaul on O3b mPOWER, Vodafone Cook Islands will be able to better support its customers with ground-breaking high-throughput, low-latency connectivity.
O3b mPOWER offers more than 100 times the throughput of GEO solutions, making it an excellent solution that can accelerate the transformation of the Cook Islands into a digitally empowered economy.
“The new agreement with Vodafone Cook Islands is our latest victory in bridging the digital divide for remote communities around the world,” said John Turnbull, fixed data director for Pacific at SES. “With this agreement, residents in the Cook Islands, including those in some of the most remote locations such as the outer islands, will be able to enjoy access connectivity comparable to anywhere else in the world. Mobile Backhaul will enable them to connect stay with their loved ones and the larger world beyond the islands. With this, we continue to promote connectivity for millions of people who do not have stable internet access, ensuring they have access to the same opportunities as the rest of the world.”
“We are pleased to continue to work with SES to bring the second generation MEO satellite constellation O3b mPOWER to the Cook Islands, helping to improve connectivity with the outer islands and further contribute to the islands’ socio-economic growth,” says Phillip Henderson, CEO. at Vodafone Cook Islands.
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