The mayor of Pukapuka, Nassau Levi Walewaoa, Papa Aliki, Tim Anker and residents on the island of Pukapuka celebrate the launch of Kuk i Net services. 21091038.
Yesterday was a memorable day for the people of Pukapuka as the Island Government switched on its own internet service provided by Kuk i Net and powered by Kacific Satellites.
The mayor of Pukapuka Nassau, Levi Walewaoa, says the
Pukapuka Nassau Island Government made the decision to change its internet
service provider from Vodafone to Kuk i Net.
“It is with great honour and privilege to be able to
showcase this amazing service to our community, as it is a one-of-a-kind
service that has been introduced to our island.
“This is also a proud moment for us to have our very own Tim
Anker, install and set up our connection,” said Walewaoa.
The satellite equipment arrived in Pukapuka on Friday last
week and Kuk i Net technician Tim Anker landed the day after.
Anker started assembling the connection on Monday and the
service provider was launched yesterday morning.
Kuk i Net director William Framhein said he had first
approached the Member of Parliament for Pukapuka Nassau, Tingika Elikana, last October
to explore the opportunity of setting up Pukapuka and Nassau with an
alternative internet service and also to recommend a young person in Pukapuka
to join Kuk i Net; Anker was recommended.
The idea for the island to switch to Kuk i Net was brought up
through a conversation with Framhein and Anker.
Both, Framhein said, believed that their product would be
able to provide a faster and more efficient internet service to everyone, and
be more helpful in remote areas like Nassau.
In the past some of the challenges for the islands was the
speed of sending and receiving emails and communicating to people via Zoom
meetings and video chats.
Walewaoa expressed that they had needed a service that would
provide them with unlimited usage, fast speeds, and to send and receive emails
and reports without delay.
He said the Island Government “can now expect to work more
efficiently with a better internet service provider”.
According to Framhein, the Northern Group islands of
Pukapuka/Nassau, Penrhyn, Manihiki and Rakahanga shared 10Mbps (megabits per
“As of yesterday, Pukapuka will enjoy up to 35Mbps download
and up to 5Mbps upload speeds with uncapped data. When Nassau has their
equipment installed in a few weeks, they will enjoy up to 20Mbps download and up
to 5Mbps upload speeds with uncapped data,” said Framhein.
There is one other private installation on Pukapuka and
three other private installations destined for Nassau.
Walewoa would like to thank Framhein and Anker of Kuk i Net,
their MP Tingika Elikana, executive officer Pio Ravarua, and the island
councillors for supporting this initiative.
“I know that this service will make a huge difference to our
Pukapuka/Nassau Island Government, in terms of improving our standard of
service and work in the Cook Islands,” Walewoa said.
Anker says, “What an honour it has been to be the one to
bring this service home. Standby Wale, koi muli te meitaki.”