Cook Islands mobile services down due to fire

Cell services in a popular Cook Islands holiday destination are down after a fire destroyed one of the main cellular hubs on October 28, 27 in the Cooks, some cell phone services have been restored.



The fire, at Aroa station, took down the mobile core network, satellite connectivity and international calling facilities.


Bluesky Cook Islands says the extent of damage to all software and hardware equipment has yet to be assessed by technicians and recovery of mobile services is not yet known.


Some local businesses have been told it could take up to three weeks to restore- the Cook Islands Prime Minister's Office told RNZ all cellular telephone services on Rarotonga could be down for up to three weeks after a fire destroyed the main Bluesky cellular hub.


Most landlines around Rarotonga are unaffected but they are currently down in the popular tourist area of Muri.


Internet services are working but locals are reporting it’s slow and intermittent.


Keep an eye on the Bluesky Cook Islands website for updates as they occur.