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Starlink high-speed internet could reach the remotest islands

Slow internet could soon be a thing of the past in the Pacific's most isolated locations with Elon Musk's Starlink said to be looking to enter the regional market.

The tech-billionaire's company promises to deliver high-speed internet to the remotest regions, by using thousands of satellites orbiting close to the planet to deliver the service.

Cook Islands Competition and Regulatory Authority chair, Bernard Hill, said Starlink wanted to enter the Cook Islands "as soon as they can".

"There's a lot of interest in having the option of a Starlink antenna and having direct to the sky access," Hill said.

"That includes the Pa Enua, the outer islands, and the Northern Group Islands in particular, which have very small populations, something like Starlink could be quite a game changer."

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