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This week, Matteo Catanuto, our Sales Director for New Zealand & Pacific Region, headed to the NZ Tech Podcast studio to discuss satellite broadband’s role in New Zealand.
Alongside host Paul Spain and Eric Chang, from consumer tech brand Xiaomi, Matteo shared some insights into the new developments in satellite and how that translates to better broadband performance for people and businesses in Asia Pacific.
In New Zealand, a long, mountainous country with just over 4.5 million people spread throughout rural areas, satellite fills the gaps for those who today can only get slow, expensive internet or none at all. Kacific complements fibre by offering different options from mobile backhaul, and rural connectivity to bringing broadband to aeroplanes, boats and ferries.
You can listen to the full podcast here – skip to 39:30 to hear more from Matteo on Kacific’s impact in New Zealand.
Senior members of the Vanuatu Government, trade and tourism offices recently visited the Boeing satellite factory to mark the construction milestone of Kacific-1, a next-generation satellite which will stream high-speed low-cost broadband to Vanuatu from next year.
The satellite is owned by Kacific, a private company registered in Vanuatu, and when it launches in 2019 it will be the first satellite owned by a Vanuatu-registered company. The construction has moved into initial testing stages, and the party were involved in discussions on how satellite broadband can bring both economic and social benefit to the country.
“For nations like ours with many islands, satellite broadband is an important technology to connect our communities and open opportunities in education, healthcare, commerce and tourism,” said Deputy Prime Minister, Bob Loughman. “We are also considering the effects of climate change and considering how we respond to environmental changes to secure a prosperous and safe future for younger generations.”
In attendance were Deputy Prime Minister, Bob Loughman; Permanent Representative of the Republic of Vanuatu to the United Nations and Ambassador to the United States, H.E. Ambassador Odo Tevi; Director General of the Ministry of Climate Change, Jesse Benjamin; Chairman of Vanuatu Tourism Office, Avio Roberts; and Trade Commissioner of the Republic of Vanuatu in California, Millie Ogden.
Kacific-1 will stream high-speed broadband to the Pacific islands, which can be used in a range of areas from education and healthcare to disaster response and tourism.
Boeing has started integration and testing of the Kacific-1 payload, which consists of the communications electronics. It has also started integration and testing of the satellite platform which includes the power and propulsion systems. The communications antennas are being prepared for range tests starting in the next few weeks.
In recent months Kacific has employed dedicated sales representatives to establish more service provider relationships to grow broadband services in Asia, Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia leading up to the launch of Kacific-1 in 2019.
Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) recently announced that Kacific will receive a 2018 Better Satellite World Award.
The Better Satellite World Award honours established companies along with disruptive innovators who use satellite systems to make the world a more prosperous, healthier, better-educated, sustainable and inclusive home for humankind.
An international jury consisting of a broad cross-section of industry thought leaders and distinguished professionals selected Kacific as a recipient.
“The modern world literally runs on satellite technology though few of the world’s people know it.”
– Robert Bell, SSPI Executive Director
“With this year’s recipients, we honour organizations using satellite to spread economic opportunity and improve resilience in the face of adversity. Their work – little known to the world – is making that world a better, safer and more equitable place,” said Bell.
Kacific was founded with the purpose of making a rapid and lasting difference to the people of South East Asia and the Pacific by providing high-quality, low-cost satellite broadband accessible from a small, easy-to-install and affordable antenna.
Once launched in 2019 Kacific’s first satellite, Kacific-1, will help connect hospitals, clinics, schools, libraries, post offices, police stations and many other public institutions in rural areas where terrestrial broadband infrastructure is not an option or not economical. Combining inexpensive, small and maintenance-free ground equipment with the highest satellite signal strength in the region, Kacific delivers low-cost, high-speed internet to local service providers and thereby enables local communities to truly participate in the digital world.
Connectivity in developing areas fosters better education and healthcare outcomes
With high-speed internet available anywhere, e-education becomes a reality to provide primary and secondary school children with skills necessary to keep pace with the evolving demands in tertiary education and the job market. Connectivity also provides rural and extra-urban medical facilities with critical information and communication capacities for emergency situations, using medical databases, logistics tools and live remote access to specialist doctors, allowing them to save more lives and maintain a better standard of healthcare overall. By enabling a better use of local infrastructure, Kacific makes rural towns and villages safer and more rewarding places to live in.
We will be accepting this award at the Better Satellite World Awards Dinner on 3 December in London.