Minister for Finance releases feasibility report on Telecommunications Cable to the Cook Islands.
The Cook Islands Minister for Finance, the Honourable Mark Brown has released a report provided by the ADB to the Government in 2013 on the feasibility of an international submarine cable system for the Cook Islands. In releasing the report Minister Brown outlined:
“our connectivity to the world is an important aspect of improving our future economic potential, providing services through government and also for people in the community to access the wide range of services available through the internet.”
The study was undertaken in early 2013, prior to the actual introduction of the O3B service to the Cook Islands and identified that at the time the best route option for an ultra-high capacity international submarine cable system would be a direct cable from Rarotonga to Tahiti.
The capital cost of such a cable was estimated to be USD33.6 million (NZD 39.9 million at exchange rates of the time).
The report points out that whilst this at the time was the preferred cable route for the analysis it did not rule out the possibility of other route options worthy of consideration emerging into the future.