Telecom Cook Islands Ltd, the sole provider of telecommunications in the Cook Islands, has completed commercial deployment of ADC’s UltraWave GSM softswitch. Telecom Cook Islands, which has been in operation since July 1991, is a private company owned by Telecom New Zealand Ltd. (60%) and the Cook Islands Government (40%).
The new softswitch – which upgrades Telecom Cook’s core wireless network to more efficient, IP-based technology in order to reduce costs and enable value-added services such as integrated SMS, voicemail, GPRS and pre-paid calling, has been in deployment since September 2007, and the final network cutover was accomplished last week. The UltraWave solution includes an overall expansion of the network’s capacity to 15,000 from 8,000 GSM subscribers.
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(Background info: This group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean, about one-half of the way from Hawaii to New Zealand was named after Captain Cook, who sighted them in 1770. After being administrated by Britain and New Zealand, in 1965, residents chose self-government in free association with New Zealand. Total Area: 237 sq km, population: 21,750: The World Fact Book, CIA)