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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.
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.”
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.