Tokelau selects Kacific to deliver high-speed broadband

Singapore – 5 December 2014 – Teletok, the local telecommunications company of Tokelau and sole service provider, has selected Kacific to deliver its new generation of high-speed broadband across its territory and surrounding waters.

Tokelau, composed of three small atolls situated north of Samoa, is a Polynesian territory of New Zealand with a population of just 1,400. There is no airport in Tokelau, and a chartered vessel MV PB Matua, operated under an arrangement between New Zealand and Tokelau, is the only means of transport to and from the islands at present: the trip from Apia in Samoa takes over a day. Despite its small size and remoteness, Tokelau is committed to thriving in a digital world. Although connectivity is expensive, the country has seen a pattern of moderate internet usage in recent years and a rate of internet penetration comparable to other, more populous Pacific countries.

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Vanuatu government announces a new dawn in education

The Government of Vanuatu has announced the first rollout to schools of ICT access, computer labs and tablets under a national programme. Fifteen schools will receive computer labs, and seven will receive computer tablets. The initiative will benefit nearly 9,000 students, teachers and education professionals and is supported by the Ministry of Education, the Telecommunications and Radiocommunications Regulator (TRR) and the Australian Government, through its Governance for Growth (GfG) programme.

“This aligns with Kacific’s vision of providing access to all people in Vanuatu including those in most remote and isolated locations using Ka-band HTS technology,” says Kacific CEO, Christian Patouraux.”

“Improving access to best educational practices and programmes for teachers and students alike is a major step towards of equipping next generation of Vanuatu citizens with skills and resources that will allow them to participate fully in a connected world”

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Kacific to bring fast broadband to Kiribati’s most remote islands

Singapore – 20 October 2014 – People on all of the 33 islands and atolls of Kiribati will be able to enjoy high speed broadband services from 2017, thanks to an agreement their government signed today with Kacific Broadband Satellites. Under the multi-million dollar five year services agreement, Kacific will provide the islands with 150 Mbps of bandwidth increasing to 200 Mbps over the term of the contract. Kiribati will be able to increase bandwidth in bursts of up to 50 percent on demand.

With a population of 100,000 people across 3.5 million square kilometres of islands and ocean, Kiribati is the 18th largest nation in the world in terms of its exclusive economic zone, with one of the most disseminated populations on the planet. That poses particular connectivity challenges: to date, only 6 percent of households have broadband and service is slow and expensive and it has not been economical to provide service to many of the remote islands.

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Kacific inks five year satellite broadband agreement with Solomon Telekom Company Limited

Singapore – 13 August 2014 – Kacific Broadband Satellites today announced that it has signed a five year Framework Services Agreement with Solomon Telekom Company (www.ourtelekom.com.sb) to provide high speed bandwidth to the people of the Solomon Islands. The multi-million dollar agreement almost doubles the bandwidth available to Solomon Telekom and will provide high speed internet coverage to even the most remote locations in the island group.

Five high capacity beams directed from Kacific’s Ka-band High Throughput Satellite (HTS) will provide coverage to every one of the many islands that comprise the group. Despite approximately 1,500 kilometres separating the westernmost and easternmost islands, the high power Kacific coverage will provide all with equally outstanding service quality through inexpensive terminals. Coverage will extend from Choiseul and the Shortland Islands in the far west and north-west, all the way to the most northern atoll, Ontong Java, to the most eastern remote atolls of Tikopia and the Duff Islands and to the Rennell Bellona Islands in the south.

Kacific will provide Solomon Telekom with a minimum of 150 Mbps of bandwidth from 2017 until 2022. Under the agreement Solomon Telekom can, at its discretion, increase bandwidth in bursts of up to 50 percent at any time to 225 Mbps of capacity. Solomon Telekom currently has 200 Mbps of capacity.

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Loyley Ngira (Solomon Telekom) with Jacques-Samuel Prolon (Kacific) (Small)

“Flying High” in August CommsDay

“Flying High,” in the August 2014 issue of CommsDay, looks at the latest generation of high throughput satellites poised for launch, with a particular focus on Kacific’s plans to use Ka band HTS capacity to reach the the Pacific’s 40 million people.

Says Christian Patouraux: “If you offer a good differentiator, good value for investors, there is definitely an appetite.”

Kacific estimates the total potential demand for bandwidth from Pacific Island states to be 44Gps.

According to CommsDay the universal takeout from the Australian Satellite Forum 2014 was: “There’s never been a more exciting time to be in satcomms.”

Tuvalu Telecommunications Corporation signs five year satellite broadband deal with Kacific

Singapore – 9 June 2014 – Kacific Broadband Satellites today announced that it has signed a five year agreement with Tuvalu Telecommunications Corporation (TTC) to provide high speed bandwidth to the company and the people of Tuvalu. The multi-million dollar service agreement is the first that Kacific has signed with a national telecommunications service provider.

Using a single dedicated beam directed from its Ka band High Throughput Satellite (HTS), Kacific will provide TTC with increasing levels of capacity over the period, starting with 80Mbps and ramping up to 150 Mbps after four years. Under the agreement TTC can, at its discretion, increase bandwidth in bursts of up to 50 percent at any time, meaning that in year four Kacific could provide TCC with up to 225 Mbps of capacity. To put this in perspective, today less than 20 Mbps of capacity is supplied to Tuvalu.

Tuvalu Telecommunications Corporation signs five year satellite broadband deal with Kacific

Kacific Features in SatMagazine’s June 2014 issue

When it comes to broadband connectivity, all countries were not created equal.  The small islands developing states of the Pacific have limited natural resources. They are susceptible to natural disasters, vulnerable to external shocks and disproportionately dependent on international trade. Broadband connectivity has the potential to address many of these challenges. But providing broadband services to these islands poses particular challenges to the telecommunications industry.

SatMagazine June 2014. The Pacific connectivity challenge – the upcoming on orbit solution

 

Kacific satellite to provide faster, more affordable broadband to Pacific nations

Singapore – 9 December 2013 – Kacific Broadband Satellites today announced plans to launch a Ka Band High Throughput Satellite (HTS) to provide enhanced broadband to 40 million people in the Pacific including the Pacific islands, New Zealand, eastern Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.

The Pacific has the highest internet pricing and the highest Skype call prices on earth. Substandard, over-contended, 1 Mbps broadband services can cost more than US$700 per month in some territories. Estimated total potential demand for bandwidth by Pacific island states is 44 Gbps. Today just 20 percent, or less than 10 Gbps, is supplied. Kacific will sell wholesale bandwidth and anticipates that telcos and ISPs will offer it to end users at speeds of up to 10 Mbps and at price points as low as 5 percent of current costs. The service will be provided through small terminals costing just a few hundred dollars.

Kacific expects to commission its launch vehicle and payload in 2014 and to provide broadband services to the region by late 2016.

““By providing high quality broadband at a fraction of the current cost, we will allow a much larger part of the Pacific’s population to participate in the digital age,” says Kacific CEO Christian Patouraux. “With support from local governments and global institutions, that will foster greater internet usage on the island, fuelling economic growth.”

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Data demand drives opportunities for HTS satellites

Senior satellite communications analyst Jose Del Rosario considers the implications of surging data demand on HTS  satellites .

 

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HTS solutions that have the ability to support high levels of data with lower cost structures stand to benefit tremendously from the trends outlined by the Ericsson report,” he says.

“In NSR’s view, short-to-long term projections of data usage can only be achieved with the participation of satellite systems, given the high levels of additional subscribers being forecasted within a four-year period and high levels of data subscribers will demand.  Terrestrial networks cannot wholly handle this upsurge in both subscribers and data traffic given wireless spectrum is already at the breaking point in many countries.”

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