Wednesday, 05 April 2017 12:03

Bluesky, Huawei partner on Pacific islands LTE deployments

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Dennis Hou - CEO of Huawei Pacific Islands, Phillip Henderson – Country Manager of Bluesky Cook Islands, Henry Puna – Prime Minister of Cook Islands, David Wei – President of Huawei Southern Pacific, Toleafoa Douglas Creevey – CEO of Bluesky Group, and Jack Xu – CEO of Huawei Fiji Dennis Hou - CEO of Huawei Pacific Islands, Phillip Henderson – Country Manager of Bluesky Cook Islands, Henry Puna – Prime Minister of Cook Islands, David Wei – President of Huawei Southern Pacific, Toleafoa Douglas Creevey – CEO of Bluesky Group, and Jack Xu – CEO of Huawei Fiji

Pacific region telecommunications services provider Bluesky and Huawei are partnering to deploy a 4.5G LTE-Advanced network solution to meet what they say is increasing demand for mobile applications and services in American Samoa, Samoa, and the Cook Islands.

The partnership is designed specifically to accommodate mobile Internet and data more efficiently on networks in Pacific island countries.

The companies say that at a live test this week at the partnership announcement, the network recorded an “impressive” 500Mbps single user throughput speed.

The 4.5G LTE-A network features carrier aggregation, enhanced use of multi-antenna techniques and support for Replay Nodes (RN) to help operators boost network capacity and performance to offer high-quality voice and data services.

According to Bluesky and Huawei it is now considered to be the fastest network in the Pacific Islands, and will enable “faster and more reliable connectivity throughout the islands to help fuel social and economic growth”.

Phillip Henderson, country manager of Bluesky Cook Islands, said, “Bluesky’s collaboration with Huawei marks a new era of high-speed communications for the Bluesky Group of Companies in American Samoa, Samoa and the Cook Islands”.

“In many parts of these islands wire-line deployments are not feasible from a logistical and cost perspective, so using LTE-A will bring mobile Internet to areas that previously had no or limited Internet access.”

According to Jack Xu, chief executive of Huawei Fiji, “high-speed communications will form the foundation of the future for the Pacific Islands, enabling a fully connected island nations where mobile-enabled digital devices become flexibly integrated into citizens’ daily lives”.

“We are collaborating with telecom operators, like Bluesky and other ecosystem players, to help them embrace new ICT technologies such as cloud services, wireless-to-the-premise (WTTx), and LTE-A networks, providing them with the capabilities to meet demands for innovative services and applications such as e-health, e-government and smart tourism.”

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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