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.”

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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 Kacific 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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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)

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