Polynesian Internet Submarine Cable As Early As 2018

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Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

Hoping to decide between viable vendor options soon

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, February 15, 2016) – A new submarine cable for internet communication for Polynesian countries could be laid and operational by 2018.

Talks on the development were held in New Zealand recently, and engaged the leaders of the Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Niue and Tokelau.

The Cook Islands finance minister, Mark Brown, who was at the meeting, said they heard from two vendors for the cable - Auckland-based Hawaiki, and Bluesky.

Mr Brown said the group was hoping to decide which was the most viable option by the end of next month.

He said having good internet access was becoming increasingly important for the Cook Islands.

"Currently our internet needs are being met by satellite transmission but as the increasing demand for bandwidth and broadband is continually increasing here in the Cook Islands by consumers and businesses in particular, the prospect of cable connections is becoming more and more important for us."

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