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Vanuatu, 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.
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.
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.”