Bluesky Cook Islands announced the ‘soft launch’ of 4G LTE services on 24 March 2017, on a network enabled with LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) ‘4G+’ technology from the outset, in partnership with Chinese vendor Huawei. The operator confirms on its website that 4G+ initially covers the islands of Rarotonga and Aitutaki. The move follows its Samoan sister company’s LTE-A launch earlier this month.
The Cook Islands’ 4G upgrade also included adding more network capacity and three new cell sites to increase 2G/3G/4G coverage, particularly around the Tikioki, Central Avarua and Puaikura areas, Bluesky’s website adds. 4G-enabled handsets currently available at Bluesky Cook Islands outlets are: Apple iPhone 6s, Apple iPhone 7, Apple iPhone 7 Plus, Apple iPhone SE, Aspera R7, Aspera R8, HTC 628, Huawei GR3, Huawei P9, Samsung S7, Samsung S7 Edge and Sony Xperia Z5. Mobile customers will need to bring their handsets into the main Bluesky office in Parekura to set up the new service.