28 Oct 2017

Cell phone services on Cook Islands Rarotonga down after fire

7:08 pm on 28 October 2017
Telecommunications company Bluesky

Telecommunications company Bluesky Photo: RNZI / Sally Round

The Cook Islands Prime Minister's Office says all cellular telephone services on Rarotonga could be down for up to three weeks after a fire destroyed the main Bluesky cellular hub today.

The office said what equipment wasn't destroyed by the fire had been water damaged and the station was a write off.

RNZ Pacific's correspondent said local critics claimed the situation could've been avoided if the country had a second telecommunications provider.

They claim Blueksky had to be taken to task for failing to have contingency plans in place.