Kacific places order with Boeing for a high throughput satellite

Kacific-1 first to bring affordable high throughput broadband capacity to under-served markets in South East Asia and the Pacific

 

Singapore – 21 February 2017Kacific Broadband Satellites Pte Ltd (Kacific) today announced that it has ordered its Kacific-1 satellite from The Boeing Company (Boeing) based on the 702 satellite platform. This condominium satellite will be shared with JCSAT-18, ordered by SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation.

Kacific closed a US$147 million financing round in late 2016 with a mix of equity, debt and customer prepayments which covers the purchase of the satellite, launch service, ground systems and all other project costs. To secure this funding, Kacific has signed 15 managed bandwidth wholesale agreements in 14 different countries for a total value of US$434 million.

Kacific-1 is designed to deliver uncontended broadband throughput via 57 Ka-band narrow beams, each having a capacity up to 1.25Gbps, with the highest signal power ever achieved in the region. The beams are selectively tailored to cover precise pockets of demand in a geographically dispersed footprint of 20 Pacific and South East Asian nations. Strategic positioning of the beams has enabled Kacific to sell capacity in 51 out of 57 beams so far, through take-or-pay contracts, with most beams exceeding 70 percent firm capacity bookings and several being almost saturated.

Kacific selected the Boeing 702 because it is a reliable High-Throughput Satellite platform delivering strong economics and a consistent high-quality connectivity across all service beams.

“Boeing is pleased Kacific has chosen our flight-proven scalable 702 satellite for its next-generation broadband satellite service,” said Mark Spiwak, president of Boeing Satellite Systems International. “The capability and performance of the Boeing 702 satellite will enable Kacific to meet increasing demands for connectivity in the Asia-Pacific region, reaching new and underserved markets with reliable and cost-effective satellite internet services.”

“We do pure play broadband. We focus on direct-to-premise. We precisely place capacity where it is most needed,” said Christian Patouraux, Kacific CEO. “This will yield price points that will unleash internet participation and usage. With the launch of Kacific-1, in 2019, people in areas currently lacking affordable high speed internet will be able to access online education, healthcare and public services, and grow their local economies. Delivering internet speeds over 100 Mbps on low cost, small form factor terminals, will help connect the dots of South East Asia and the Pacific to the digital world”.

Driven by its entrepreneurial culture and early sales success in Asia-Pacific, Kacific is now expanding its model to other regions with plans for follow-on satellites.

Via Satellite: “Kacific Capacity More Than 70 Percent Presold on First Satellite”

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Via Satellite reports that Kacific has pre-sold enough capacity on its first planned satellite, Kacific 1, to progress without the support of the U.S. Export Import Bank.

In an interview with Via Satellite Kacific CEO, Christian Patouraux, said: “Kacific has now all but completed the work required to put its first satellite, K-1, on track. More than 70 percent of its future capacity has already been sold. Thanks to this success, many locations covered by K-1 no longer have capacity for sale.”

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Kacific’s first operational service – connecting rural Vanuatu to the world

Kacific Broadband Satellites today announced its first operational service, a high-speed broadband internet connection into the rural Lambubu area on Malekula Island in Vanuatu.

The service, which is based at Lambubu Primary School, is providing a broadband internet connection at speeds of up to 17 Mbps delivered by satellite. A small VSAT terminal has been installed to receive the signal, and all villagers can now get the benefit of high speed internet connectivity. A local college was also recently connected, and several further schools and healthcare centres will be connected over the next few weeks.

The installation is the result of a joint project between the Vanuatu government, local ISP Telsat and Kacific.

“The broadband connectivity from Kacific is a major step in our work to provide universal internet access to the people of Vanuatu,” said Dalsie Baniala, head of the Telecommunications & Radiocommunications Regulator (TRR).

“The computer lab at Lambubu School will in future develop into a government service centre, providing internet and educational and health services to the wider community. This connectivity will provide previously unheard of educational opportunities for the children, as well as improving health outcomes for all villagers.”

“I am very excited to see our first service in operation,” said Christian Patouraux, CEO of Kacific.

“The immediate need in Vanuatu is education and healthcare, but beyond this, affordable broadband internet enables more effective emergency planning and disaster recovery programmes. Broadband will open up opportunities to government to provide important services to regions of Vanuatu that would otherwise be under-served. The connectivity will also create opportunities for people in rural Vanuatu to engage in e-commerce, which can subsequently increase the wealth of communities.”

Mr Patouraux says that the deployment on Vanuatu is proof of the vision that started the company back in 2013.

“We wanted to create a frugal service that uses proven technology. We’ve designed it as a nimble, easy to deploy service that can adapt to different circumstances.

“If we provide good network quality at a price that people can afford, then demand increases dramatically. We’ve had a very strong response to our service, not just from islands around the Pacific, but far beyond, from South America to Africa.”

Kacific now has over US$365 million of bandwidth in signed commitments from companies and governments in nations throughout the Pacific and south east Asia.

The service is powered using the Newtec Dialog® multiservice VSAT platform from Newtec, a specialist in designing, developing and manufacturing equipment and technologies for satellite communications, and utilises a teleport from satellite and terrestrial installation company Av-Comm to provide connectivity, hosting and uplink services.

“Beyond the Blue Continent” in SatMagazine

The SatMagazine June 2016 issue carries a joint article from Cyril Annarella, Executive Director, Kacific, and Kerstin Roost, Public Relations Director, Newtec.

Beyond The Blue Continent

The challenge of creating ubiquitous broadband connectivity is key to the continued growth and development of the satellite sector. That’s because the very nature of satellite technology means it is often the only viable solution for areas where geography makes access most difficult. Where other methods of connectivity are either substandard, uneconomical or completely absent, only satellite communication technology can deliver affordable and reliable broadband connectivity direct-to-premises.

The many thousands of isolated islands dotted across the Pacific Ocean provide a stark illustration of the limitations of traditional terrestrial approaches to connectivity. One operator, Kacific Broadband Satellites, is looking to address this endemic lack of connection and, in so doing, created a service model that can deliver fast, affordable, connectivity to nations within and around the Pacific, across Asia and beyond.

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Kacific selects AV-Comm teleport for first satellite broadband service in the Pacific

Kacific to utilise Av-Comm’s teleport to commence affordable internet services to consumers, public institutions and enterprise clients throughout the Pacific

SYDNEY, May 17, 2016. Leading satellite operator Kacific Broadband Satellites will commence Ku Band operations from one of Av-Comms strategically located APAC teleports to provide connectivity, hosting and uplink services for Kacific’s first high speed broadband satellite service in the Pacific.

Av-Comm will host Kacific’s newly acquired Newtec Dialog VSAT hub and supply IP transit at its facilities to provide Kacific with the ability to offer affordable satellite broadband connectivity into the Pacific.

Kacific provides Ku-band capacity to customers in the Pacific, ahead of the launch of its new Ka-band satellite. The Av-Comm teleport will initially be used to uplink Internet connectivity to a number of schools in the Republic of Vanuatu. Kacific will expand its broadband services later in the year to consumers, enterprises and other public institutions in locations around Asia and the Pacific where Internet connectivity is currently unavailable, extremely slow or very expensive.

Kacific CEO Christian Patouraux said “Our aim is to deliver fast, accessible and affordable direct-to-premises broadband connectivity to areas where other types of connectivity are absent, substandard and unaffordable. Connecting remote schools with good quality Internet in Vanuatu is a perfect example of the value we bring to Pacific communities. We’ve been working with Av-Comm for the past 12 months on a range of connectivity and uplink options and have found them to be an agile and a cost effective partner for the ground segment of our first broadband service.”

Av-Comm MD Michael Cratt said: “Kacific is committed to providing high speed and cost-effective internet connectivity to the people of the Pacific, something Av-Comm is passionate about. We’re extremely pleased to be part of Kacific’s new Ku Band broadband project which reflects our many years of satellite communications experience within the APAC region.”

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About Av-Comm

Av-Comm was established in 1981 and is a specialised and agile satellite infrastructure provider located in Sydney, Australia. Av-Comm’s experienced team has over 60 years in the satellite and telecommunication sector supplying, installing, maintaining and operating satellite communications and fibre networks throughout the Asia Pacific Region.

 

SatelliteFinance reports on UK private investor stake in Kacific

SatelliteFinance magazine reported on the recent investment in Kacific by a UK private investor.

“Pacific-focused broadband startup Kacific is set to receive US$20m in funding from a UK-based family office that focuses on infrastructure investments, SatelliteFinance has learnt.
The funding is part of a series A round that is due to net a further US$2.3m from two Australian private investors.

“Kacific, which holds more than US$260m in pre-sales contracts for HTS broadband internet services across Asia-Pacific, is understood to be planning to make an announcement on its latest fundraising on Monday.

“The group recently secured bridge bandwidth to bring its customers online at the end of this year, earlier than planned, following delays to agree a larger condosat deal with an established operator.

“Its customers include governments, ISPs, and telecom operators across 11 Asia-Pacific countries, including Indonesia.” Read more.

 

 

UK Private Investor Takes US$20 Million Stake in Kacific

Additional US$2.3 million will be raised from Australian tech investors

SINGAPORE 5 April 2016 — Kacific Broadband Satellites has agreed terms on funding of US$20 million from a United Kingdom-based family office with a particular focus on infrastructure investments. Arranged by Kacific’s advisor, Caniwi Capital, the placement is part of Kacific’s Series A round of capital raising, and is a major step for the company towards the financial close of its project, which will bring high speed broadband satellite services to remote and isolated areas of the Pacific and South East Asia.

The family office, which does not wish to be identified, made the decision to invest after following Kacific’s accelerating progress in signing agreements for satellite broadband provision.

Terms for a further US$2.3 million have been agreed with two Australian private investors with experience in financial markets and in developing and commercialising new IT and telecommunications technologies.

Kacific now has agreements representing over US$260 million of pre-sales contracts for its high-throughput satellite (HTS) broadband internet service with governments, ISPs and telecom operators of eleven Asia-Pacific countries, including Indonesia. It aims to provide service to markets in South East Asia, New Zealand and the Pacific with its first satellite.

Kacific founder and CEO, Christian Patouraux, said: “We are delighted with this vote of confidence from seasoned professional investors and IT and telecommunications veterans who have reviewed our business model and noted our recent accomplishments. These investments will, we believe, encourage further take-up of our service in our target markets.”

BusinessWire: “UK Private Investor Takes US$20 Million Stake in Kacific”

Kacific features in a Satellite Finance story

Satellite Finance spoke with Christian Patouraux about Kacific’s plans to introduce a bridging service to its target market from 2016.

“Kacific has secured bridge bandwidth to get customers online earlier than planned at the end of 2016.

“The Group is now finalising an agreement with ’a major satellite operator’ to launch HTS services in 2018.

“The company’s intention of generating revenues earlier than previously planned will help boost its larger fundraising efforts, and growing competition in the Pacific broadband market will also help validate the demand it sees for high-speed broadband in the region.

“Bringing customers online earlier than planned will help test how the market reacts to an internet that is 50% – or even more in some cases – cheaper than it is today.”

To read the full story see: https://www.satellitefinance.com/kacific

Kacific honoured with award for Best Potential in Asia

Kacific was recognised as having the “Best Potential in Asia” at the France Singapore ICT Awards 2015, at an event held at Singapore’s historic Raffles Hotel. The awards, presented by The French Chamber of Commerce in Singapore and Business France in Singapore in association with #BroadcastAsia and #CommunicAsia, are for professional organisations operating in the region’s ICT sector.

The jury, which included representatives from SingTel, Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Google, First Media, International Enterprise Singapore, MediaCorp, Singapore infocomm Technology Federation (SiTF), Orchard Turn Developments, Emerge Venture and StarHub, noted the relevance of Kacific’s service to southeast asian nations like Indonesia and the Philippines

Kacific CEO Christian Patouraux amongst the winners at the France Singapore ICT Awards 2015

Kacific CEO, Christian Patouraux (left), amongst the winners at the France Singapore ICT Awards 2015

Accepting the award, Kacific CEO Christian Patouraux said: “We’re delighted with this recognition of our potential, because to us, potential matters. Our raison d’être is to help realise the potential of the people of the Pacific and Southeast Asia with affordable, accessible, high-speed satellite broadband.”

Kacific the ‘budget airline’ of the internet in rural Indonesia

Following the announcement of the agreement between Kaciifc and BigNet to provide a satellite broadband service to Indonesia, Tech in Asia‘s Jakarta correspondent, Leighton Cosseboom, interviewed Christian Patouraux:

This satellite firm wants to be the ‘budget airline’ of the internet game in rural Indonesia

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Satellite broadband is an option for people who live in rural areas where traditional fixed-line internet services aren’t available. It uses a satellite dish to provide two-way access, and connectivity speeds, which used to be lower, have improved. Download speeds via satellite hookup can now even reach up to 20 megabytes per second. In the US, people who live on farms, or well outside major cities, sometimes resort to satellite internet because fixed-line options don’t make sense.

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