John Hawker strengthens Kacific sales team, leading efforts across Melanesia and the Pacific

 

John Hawker,

Kacific Broadband Satellites has appointed John Hawker as Vice President Sales, Melanesia and the Pacific.

John has held senior roles in both the telecommunications and satellite industries in several of Kacific’s key markets throughout the Pacific and South East Asia. His experience in developing broadcast, data and telecommunication networks is highly relevant to the company’s plans for the region.

John comes to Kacific after serving as VP Sales Australia, PNG and Pacific islands for ABS Global. He previously held the position of Director, Asia Pacific for International Datacasting.

At Kacific he will establish service provider relationships to grow broadband services in Melanesia and the Pacific, including Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, Micronesia, Tuvalu, French Polynesia and Kiribati.

He will be able to draw on his experience with VSAT service providers in the Pacific, Southeast Asia and Africa as he helps the company forge strategic alliances to expand the Kacific ecosystem in the region leading up to the launch of Kacific-1 in 2019.

Kacific appoints Matteo Catanuto to head sales in New Zealand and the Pacific

Kacific Broadband Satellites has appointed Matteo Catanuto as Vice President Sales, New Zealand and the Pacific Region.

Matteo is a senior telecommunications sales professional who joins Kacific following his role at Digicel Samoa as Sales Director. Prior to that he held high-level sales and business development roles working for TelstraClear, Orcon, Spark Digital, and Digital Mobile (part of the Vodafone New Zealand Group). He has extensive experience in New Zealand and the Pacific in areas highly relevant to Kacific’s growth strategy, including satellite connectivity, bandwidth and solution sales.

In his role with Kacific he will be responsible for establishing service provider networks and distribution channels in New Zealand, American Samoa, Samoa, Tonga, Niue and the Cook Islands for the company’s range of satellite broadband products and services leading up to the launch of Kacific-1 in 2019.

Matteo holds a MSc from Liceo Scientifico, Milan and reports to the Kacific’s Chief Commercial Officer.

Kacific selects Kratos to build state-of-the-art multi-site gateways for Kacific-1

 

 

 

SAN DIEGO, CA, September 6, 2018 – Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq: KTOS), a leading National Security Solutions provider, announced today that it has been awarded an $11 million contract by Kacific Broadband Satellites, to design and build ground stations for Kacific’s new Ka-band High Throughput Satellite (HTS) network. The Kacific-1 HTS satellite, launching in 2019, will deliver broadband services to Pacific rim and South East Asia.

Kratos will help address Kacific’s HTS gateway infrastructure needs by designing and building a state-of-art Ka-band multi-site gateway solution for Kacific-1. Kratos’ gateway solutions are pre-configured in a secure and controlled off-site environment resulting in higher quality and faster time-to-market. The company’s industry-leading designs will optimize and protect Kacific’s investment by reducing complexity and risk, and accelerating market entry.

“Kacific sought a partner who could build a high-performance ground segment to enable us to deliver Ka-band HTS services across widely dispersed regions of the Pacific,” said Kacific CEO, Christian Patouraux. “We wanted an innovative solution which combined market leading products and best-of-breed industry tools and software with quality engineering services. The Kratos team were uniquely responsive to our design needs and our partnership marks another big milestone in our preparations to launch the Kacific-1 satellite.”

The next generation of HTS satellites promises new revenue and service opportunities for satellite operators, but are also driving important changes on the ground since current ground infrastructure is designed and optimized for traditional satellite operations. HTS satellite spot beams deliver high-bandwidth services to particular locations, causing many operators to re-think established ground station needs and designs. Kratos is leading this evolution by offering pre-configured and integrated HTS gateway solutions that enable satellite operators to maximize their HTS business model investment by reducing costs and improving time-to-market.

The Kacific contract award is for a multi-site gateway solution that will additionally include Kratos’ high-performance antennas and RF equipment, as well as several Kratos complementary ground system products, including the Compass® monitoring and control system; Monics® for carrier and spectrum monitoring; and SpectralNet™ RF-over-IP inter-facility links. The solution will be integrated at Kratos’ facility, and installed at various locations in the Pacific rim, with control equipment centralized in Kacific’s Network Operations Centre

“Satellite operators face a number of challenges when deploying HTS networks including the unique demands of implementing an HTS ground infrastructure suitable for initial operations, but designed for scalability as business requirements evolve,” said James Kramer, Kratos Senior Vice President. “We appreciate the confidence that Kacific has shown in Kratos to capitalize on their investment with a flexible, high quality multi-site solution that will support their business model now and in the years to come.”

Kacific appoints Brandon Seir to head broadband marketing of products as satellite launch looms

Kacific Broadband Satellites has appointed Brandon Seir as Vice President, Sales and Marketing – Asia & International Carriers.

He is a marketing, sales and strategic planning specialist with over a decade of experience working in leading international telecommunications, internet service providers and digital technology companies.

He spent 11 years over two periods with Roshan (Telecom Development Company), a subsidiary of AT&T, Talia Sonora & Monaco Telecom a GSM cellular provider with over 7.9M customers, initially as Director Sales, and then Chief Commercial Officer. Prior to that he was Director International Business Development for a Singaporean company, Technobiz Equipment, providing enterprise payments solutions to telecom operators, banks, internet and utility service providers.

In his role with Kacific Brandon is responsible for overseeing the development and introduction of the company’s complete range of satellite broadband products and service offerings leading up to the launch of Kacific1 in 2019. He is also responsible for sales of dynamic solutions to international carriers, ISPs and other service providers in Myanmar, Malaysia, Philippines, Guam, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Timor Leste, Nepal, Brunei and Fiji.

Brandon holds an MBA from the University of Liverpool and a BBA from Tashkent State University.

Kacific and Gardamor to connect remote health clinics throughout Timor-Leste

Dili, Timor-Leste – 26 June 2018 – Remote and rural health clinics across Timor-Leste will soon be connected to high speed satellite internet, providing them access to newly launched AdenBox, an online portal to manage medicines and medical equipment, as well as AdenCare, the country’s central medical records database.

The internet connection, supplied by Kacific Broadband Satellites Group (Kacific) and distributed by local company Gardamor Internet Services (Gardamor) and the Ministry of Health, will enable the launch and expansion of the healthcare software to more than 75 health centres covering all of Timor-Leste by July 2018.

Kacific Broadband internet powers telemedicine in South East Asia and the Pacific

Odete Maria Freitas Belo, Executive Director, SAMES, at the medical storage facility, Dili

“Timor-Leste is consolidating all the work done to improve the healthcare sector over the last sixteen years,” says Minister of Health, Rui Maria de Araújo. “The internet connection is crucial in helping us achieve the ultimate goal of using healthcare software in real time. Timor-Leste will be able to manage its medical resources more efficiently to benefit patients.”

The central distribution centre for medicine in Timor-Leste, SAMES, installed its first small-scale satellite dish on 15 June, to connect with pharmacies and health clinics throughout the country via AdenBox. The World Health Organisation (WHO) is supplying 300 laptops for health professionals to access online programmes.

Installation of VSAT terminal at SAMES, Dili

Installation of VSAT terminal at SAMES, Dili

“In Timor-Leste there have been issues with stockouts and distribution of vital medicines,” says Dr Rajesh Pandav, WHO representative for Timor-Leste. “A good quality internet connection is essential for the web-based tool introduced by SAMES to manage logistical supplies.”

“We have experience in delivering tele-medicine networks in the Pacific and understand the barriers, such as geography, resources, and education, that communities face in accessing the internet,” says Christian Patouraux, CEO Kacific. “We look forward to seeing the difference this connectivity will bring to people in Timor-Leste.”

“To make a difference for all Timor-Leste’s people, the internet connection needs to be available wherever people live. Our service gives communities in rural locations the same high speed, good quality and low-cost internet connection as people in Dili,” says Eduardo Belo Soares-Gattot, CEO Gardamor.

Local doctors connect to high-speed internet for telemedicine in Timor-Leste

Dr. Egidio de Carvalho Freitas Pinto, Metinaro City, Timor-Leste

The Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste is in a mountainous region of South East Asia, with settlements spread across the country’s main land mass and Atauro island. When the Kacific-1 satellite launches in late 2019, Timor-Leste’s health clinics and pharmacies will be upgraded to receive an even faster broadband connection from the powerful new satellite.

Flag ceremony marks Kacific-1 manufacturing at Boeing Satellite Systems International

Los Angeles, USA – 22 March 2018 — Kacific joined H.E. Ambassador Odo Tevi, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Vanuatu to the United Nations and Ambassador to the United States, at a flag ceremony to mark the manufacturing of Kacific-1 at the Boeing Satellite Systems International (Boeing) factory in Los Angeles.

Boeing installs a national flag in the prestigious Hall of Flags to mark the manufacturing of a first satellite of a designated nation of origin. H.E. Ambassador Tevi also toured the Boeing and the SpaceX factories and discussed the benefits of high-speed broadband connectivity in the Pacific region.

“Satellite broadband will play an important part in assisting Vanuatu to achieve both economic and social goals for current and future generations,” said Ambassador Tevi, “This is a historic moment and is a critical partnership that will enable Vanuatu to achieve its 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development Goals.”

Started one year ago with an extensive design and parts procurement phase, the satellite construction has recently undergone its critical design review and physical integration is now underway at the Boeing Satellite Systems factory. Leading space technology company SpaceX will provide the launch service aboard a Falcon 9 rocket.

“Moving into the satellite integration phase is a decisive step towards the realisation of a totally connected Pacific region,” said Kacific CEO, Christian Patouraux.

Kacific has undertaken several connectivity pilot programmes with other satellites in the Pacific region’s remote islands. The communities involved are embracing the internet for healthcare, education, information gathering and speaking with distant relatives.

“Communities using these services are showing the world that there’s a thirst and a need for real, affordable broadband, even in remote parts of the Pacific,” said Patouraux.

Dawn Harms (VP, Global Sales & Marketing, BSSI), Chris Johnson (President, BSSI), H.E. Odo Tevi, Nick Zilmer (Director, 702 Satellite Programs, BSSI), Robert Perpall (CTO, Kacific).

Dawn Harms (VP, Global Sales & Marketing, BSSI), Chris Johnson (President, BSSI), H.E. Odo Tevi, Nick Zilmer (Director, 702 Satellite Programs, BSSI), Robert Perpall (CTO, Kacific).

Kacific selects SpaceX to provide launch service

Kacific-1 will bring fast, cost-effective internet service to South East Asia and the Pacific

Port Vila, Vanuatu– 5 September 2017 Kacific Broadband Satellites Group (Kacific) has selected SpaceX as the launch provider for its Kacific-1 satellite, which is being built by The Boeing Company.

SpaceX Falcon 9

Kacific-1 will be launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9, a two-stage orbit-class rocket.

Kacific-1 will be launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9, a two-stage orbit-class rocket designed from the ground-up for maximum reliability and reusability.

“SpaceX has a breadth of vision that appeals to us,” says Christian Patouraux, Kacific CEO. “The company is committed to changing the way people think about space and the possibilities it represents. Signing with SpaceX as our launch service provider is a major step towards delivering our own vision. We look forward to seeing Kacific-1 atop a Falcon 9 Rocket in 2019.”

“SpaceX is proud to partner with Kacific on the milestone launch of the company’s first satellite, Kacific-1.” said Gwynne Shotwell, President and COO of SpaceX. “We appreciate their confidence in our proven capabilities and look forward to delivering their satellite to orbit.”

In February 2017 Kacific placed an order with The Boeing Company for the Kacific-1 satellite. Based on the reliable 702 satellite platform, Kacific-1 is designed to deliver high speed broadband via 56 narrow Ka-band beams, with the most powerful signal level ever achieved in a commercial satellite in the South East Asia and Pacific regions.

Taking the Tour de Timor to the world via Kacific’s satellite connections

Dili, Timor-Leste, 31 August 2017 – Mountain bike enthusiasts around the globe will be able to follow every stage of Asia’s most famous mountain bike race, the 2017 Tour de Timor. This is the result of a broadband services agreement signed today between Tour organisers, Noble Timor, and Kacific Broadband Satellites Group (Kacific), the exclusive internet partner of the Tour de Timor and sponsor of a team in the 2017 event.

The Tour, which runs from 19 to 23 September, is Timor-Leste’s flagship international sporting event. It features five gruelling days of racing covering almost 500 km, with 10,000 meters of climbs and vertical ascents of up to 37°, making it one of the world’s toughest endurance events.

Tour de Timor, one of the world’s toughest endurance events. Photo credit: Zoe Morley

Using its interim satellite service, Kacific will provide terminals and internet connectivity to the organisers and participants in the Tour de Timor for the duration of the event. These will be used extensively in the race camps of Aileu and Maliana to support race management, website updates and communications, and uploads by media organisations that follow the Tour. In addition, a mobile unit will provide internet coverage along the daily stages allowing enhanced communications for medical support and media coverage in some of the most remote areas of Timor-Leste.

Announcing the agreement Board President of Noble Timor, HE, the former President of the Republic, José Ramos-Horta, said: “With Kacific’s support the 2017 Tour de Timor will have outstanding global coverage delivering video, images and stories to more people in more countries than ever before. These will help showcase the natural beauty of Timor-Leste to an international audience.”

Kacific CEO Christian Patouraux has a long association with the Tour de Timor: he rode in the 2011 and 2012 events, when he first met Mr Ramos-Horta.

“As a Tour alumnus, I am personally delighted to be involved with this great event once again,” said Mr Patouraux. “Not only is it one of the toughest races in the world, it also brings together the combined power of international sport, national interest and global communications. It helps put the most remote parts of Timor-Leste in touch with the world and lets the world discover what rural Timor has to offer. This is very much in line with Kacific’s value proposition of connecting people in the world’s most remote places to the rest of humanity.

“We see this as a relationship with a bright future. Within two years, when our Kacific-1 satellite is fully operational, we will be able to deliver an even faster low cost broadband service to all the people of Timor-Leste”

The Tour de Timor began in 2009 as an initiative of Mr Ramos-Horta, as part of his “Dili – City of Peace” campaign. The 2017 event will demonstrate Timor-Leste’s enthusiasm and preparedness for inclusion in ASEAN, with participants from every ASEAN nation taking part in the race under the event’s banner “Timor-Leste-ASEAN Peace Bridge”.

For more information please check the Tour’s websites or find it on Facebook.

www.tourdetimor.com

www.facebook.com/TourDeTimor

www.nobletimor.com

www.diliinternationalmarathon.com

www.discoverdili.com

 

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.

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.