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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