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.

 

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 and BigNet bring fast affordable broadband to all Indonesians

Singapore – 15 May 2015 – Indonesian Satellite Service Provider, BigNet, has signed a US$78 million, long-term agreement with Kacific Broadband Satellites for the provision of a high-speed broadband service from 2017. Kacific will beam signals from its high throughput (HTS) Ka-band satellites to cover the whole of Indonesia, with a particular emphasis on providing good quality, affordable Internet to rapidly developing areas in Eastern Indonesia.

Kacific will play a key role in enabling connectivity in secondary cities and villages, whether for schools, government buildings, enterprises and community Internet access points.  Thanks to Kacific, BigNet customers will be able to enjoy affordable high speed internet by installing a small (75cm to 1.2m diameter) inexpensive VSAT terminal, even in isolated islands and remote rural locations.

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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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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 signs cooperation agreement supporting ITU’s affordable connectivity program for 11 Pacific countries

Singapore – 8 September 2014 – Kacific Broadband Satellites has signed a cooperation agreement with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) for the development of satellite communications capacity and emergency communications solutions for the Pacific region.

The project will establish 55 fully equipped e-centers to service communities in remote islands or rural areas in Kiribati, Micronesia, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Marshall Islands, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Nauru and Tonga. The e-centres will all have satellite connectivity for development and emergency telecommunication.

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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)

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 offers Vanuatu Students a chance to “Touch the Sky”

VanGov100Vanuatu, 15 May 2014. Kacific Broadband Satellite today announced a competition to mark World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD-2014) in Vanuatu. Kacific is offering school pupils and tertiary students an opportunity to attend the launch of its new satellite in 2016.

To enter students must say, in 300 words or fewer, what difference access to high speed internet would make to them, their family or their community.

Entries can be written in English, French or Bislama via this page : http://kacific.com/vanuatu/

The competition will run over a four week period. The final timing will be determined after consultation between Kacific and the Vanuatu Ministry of Education.

The competition will be promoted to schools, churches and community groups through radio, email and social media.

A selection of comments from entries will be presented on Vanuatu radio and television stations over the period of the competition and on the Kacific website, www.kacific.com.

“The team at Kacific wants the people of Vanuatu to share their excitement about the possibilities that fast broadband brings,” says Kacific CEO, Christian Patouraux. “We think that offering students the chance to witness the launch of a satellite that will help change their nation is a way of making those possibilities more real.”

The entries will be judged by an Advisory Board comprising representatives of Kacific Broadband Satellites together with representatives from the government of Vanuatu and non-governmental agencies working in Vanuatu. The Board will base the selection of winners on their demonstrated understanding of the benefits of fast internet, their logic and clarity of expression. Consideration will be given to the age of the entrants.

 

 

 

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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