The 21st Pacific Islands Telecommunications Association (PITA) Annual General Meeting is set to get underway Monday 3rd April at the National Auditorium and the Pukapuka Hostel in Rarotonga with the theme being “Unlocking Smarter Communities in the Pacific”.

Bluesky Cook Islands have te honour of hosting the largest regional telecom conference and tradeshow this year, marking another milestone for the company and the country as a whole.

Over 250 telecom industry delegates and exhibitors have registered for the conference and will participate in presentations, discussions, workshops and tradeshow meetings with experts, peers and stakeholders who will look at how they can improve the lives and societies of the people in this part of the world through ICT.

The week-long event will cover an extensive programme starting on Monday with the official opening of the conference to be held in the Auditorium. The Prime Minister of the Cook Islands, Hon. Henry Puna will deliver the opening address on behalf of the Cook Islands Government.

A cake-cutting ceremony will also follow to celebrate the 21st anniversary of PITA before a number of keynote presentations get underway with experts from the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation, Huawei Technologies, Speedcast, SAT Pty Ltd, Pacific Century Cyberworks, INTELSAT and Pulse Telecom discussing various telecom scenarios, experiences and challenges.

A number of social activities will occur during the week including the official welcome and opening dinner for PITA 2017 hosted by Huawei, Bluesky Pacific Group and the Cook Islands Government at the Te Atukura Grounds.

Each day will bring a new range of topics to the table such as; smart technologies to help emerging countries, next generation satellites for high-throughput services, data trends, role of ICT infrastructures for smart, safe and sustainable communities, and much more.

On Wednesday- Day 3 of the conference, delegates will be treated to some local rest and relaxation with a networking day out on Motu Koromiri where they will explore the beautiful Muri lagoon sea-life and enjoy the company of live string-band entertainment on the beach, lagoon cruises, pareu tying, coconut tree climbing and other fun activities to see them through the late afternoon. This will be a key networking day for the delegates in a relaxed environment.

Normal conference proceedings at the Auditorium will resume again on Thursday and Friday with a closing function at the Te Vara Nui to close a busy week.  

The conference will be exclusive to registered members only from over 110 telecommunications companies around the region.

PITA is a non-profit organisation that was formed back in 1997 in response to specific regional circumstances with the goal of providing a forum for those involved with telecommunications in the Pacific, to exchange experiences, help formulate solutions relevant to the region, provide training opportunities and to be a Pacific voice in the international communications environment.

Bluesky Cook Islands has the privilege to host its 21st intake with the support of its main diamond sponsor, Huawei Technologies and platinum, gold, silver and bronze sponsors.  

“We are happy to host the 21st PITA AGM & Tradeshow with main sponsors Huawei, and the Bluesky Staff will be providing the support required to ensure everyone has a great time”. Phillip Henderson, Country Manager of Bluesky Cook Islands.