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Senior Government Ministers and Public Servants Mark Milestone in Satellite Construction at Boeing Factory

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.”

Vanuatu Ministers in the hall of flags at Boeing

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.

John Hawker strengthens Kacific sales team, leading efforts across Melanesia and the Pacific

 

John Hawker,

Kacific Broadband Satellites has appointed John Hawker as Vice President Sales, Melanesia and the Pacific.

John has held senior roles in both the telecommunications and satellite industries in several of Kacific’s key markets throughout the Pacific and South East Asia. His experience in developing broadcast, data and telecommunication networks is highly relevant to the company’s plans for the region.

John comes to Kacific after serving as VP Sales Australia, PNG and Pacific islands for ABS Global. He previously held the position of Director, Asia Pacific for International Datacasting.

At Kacific he will establish service provider relationships to grow broadband services in Melanesia and the Pacific, including Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, Micronesia, Tuvalu, French Polynesia and Kiribati.

He will be able to draw on his experience with VSAT service providers in the Pacific, Southeast Asia and Africa as he helps the company forge strategic alliances to expand the Kacific ecosystem in the region leading up to the launch of Kacific-1 in 2019.

High Throughput, Low Cost – The Future Of Satellites In Asia Pacific

When a High Throughput Satellite sits above them, what customers need is a channel to unlock its potential.

At the upcoming Australasia Satellite Forum, a dominant discourse will be the future of satellite broadband for the Pacific and South East Asia region.

Australasia Satellite Forum 2018

Australasia Satellite Forum 2018

ITU data reports that “developing countries saw a compound annual growth rate in telecommunication revenue of 6.6% in the period 2007-2015, whereas developed countries experienced a contraction of -0.8% during the same period. Developing countries are home to 83% of the global population but generate only 39% of the world’s telecommunication revenues.”

Satellite is the only way to connect many communities and businesses across the dispersed and mountainous regions of South East Asia and the Pacific. Kacific’s Ku-band service operating in Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea is proving that there is a real thirst for internet in developing nations.

Internet access is a problem for the region. That’s why we are determined to work with our customers to produce turnkey solutions, such as GigStarter, to tackle the barriers to access — whether it be cost, risk or deployment.

HTS is a next-generation technology that is proving successful in connecting millions in the regions of Latin America, US, Australia, Europe and the Middle East. It’s time for the remote populations of Asia Pacific to experience the same service as those living in large cities.

If you are attending ASF, we invite you to attend the panel session on day one featuring Kacific CCO, Jacques-Samuel Prolon.

Australasia Satellite Forum.

Tuesday 22 May, 16:30.

Developing New Markets: The Future Roles of Satellite Delivering Broadband and Wireless Networks for Consumer and Enterprise across Australasia and South East Asia.

Or come chat to us at our sponsored afternoon tea to discuss how you can break the barriers to internet access with Kacific.

Kacific at PITA 2018: Accessibility Grows Micro Markets In The Pacific

‘Unlocking and Securing Digital Lifestyles in a connected Pacific’ was the theme for PITA 2018 — a theme which resonated with Kacific. Unlocking the access barriers to broadband internet is a key aim for the Kacific-1 satellite and core to the Kacific company.

Every year the Pacific Islands Telecommunications Association (PITA) AGM and Trade Show provides a place for telecommunications industry to share experiences, engage in professional development and ultimately find solutions to connect the region to world class internet and mobile services.

Jacques-Samuel Prolon, Kacific’s Chief Commercial Officer joined the panel: ‘Let’s be Bold: Enabling a real connected Pacific – the dual challenge: Part One – The national access’ to speak about gaps in services to micro markets. Prolon introduced GigStarter — Kacific’s turnkey solution to address these gaps — to the PITA community.

 

The requirement for broadband is diverse, traditional set up costs are expensive and end-user consumption needs time to grow. These challenges make micro markets problematic and risky for traditional ISP structures to service.

GigStarter is an easily deployable, low risk, entry level solution designed to respond to unmet demand in micro markets. GigStarter aims to overcome barriers to access by including technical guidance for the first VSAT installation, remote monitoring and troubleshooting, and a simple billing system framework. The risk is minimised by incremental CAPEX investment in line with demand – a pay-as-you-grow system.

The feedback was resoundingly positive. The flexibility and ease of GigStarter proved popular with attendees from across the Pacific, who are acutely aware of the challenges of small and dispersed markets. From large ISPs looking for solutions in micro markets to local entrepreneurs wanting to connect their community, GigStarter is satellite broadband simplified.

If you missed the panel, we welcome you to view the presentation below:

Accessibility Grows Markets

 

SPACE & SATELLITE AU: “Kacific reveals ground infrastructure locations, new service provider strategy”

 

 

The weekly newsletter for Australia’s satellite and space sector, SPACE & SATELLITE AU, interviewed Kacific CEO Christian Patouraux about preparations for the launch of Kacific-1.

Journalist Geoff Long reported on the company’s ground infrastructure plans and potential locations, as well as a new service provider strategy that Kacific is rolling out to empower smaller broadband operators.

“Larger and larger operators are knocking at our door because the bandwidth we deliver is something unique in the region in terms of price, in terms of access – accessible on very small terminals – it’s excellent to connect rural communities, to connect universal service obligations and many of the governments have a drive to go into universal service. And Kacific is the only option for many of these countries,” said Patouraux.

 

 

 

 

Kacific heads to New Zealand: ‘Land of the Long White Cloud’

When an island nation stretches over 1,600kms in length along mountainous terrain, it is near impossible to connect every rural and remote community to broadband terrestrial networks. Kacific-1, launching in 2019, will have three high-power spot beams covering New Zealand’s three main islands.

Vice-president of special projects, Adrian Potter, visited New Zealand meeting with government, enterprises and media to talk about options for connecting the long island nation with satellite broadband.

Potter explained to Radio New Zealand, the country’s leading national radio, how Kacific-1 will reach parts of the Pacific that undersea cables can’t.

Radio New Zealand

 

In an interview with leading national news website, Stuff.co.nz, Potter said satellite broadband would fill the broadband gaps not covered by the Government-led Ultrafast Broadband (UFB) fibre cable network.

The National Business Review also reported that Kacific’s offer brought strong broadband competition to the nation after speaking with Potter.

There is a lot of interest in how our next-generation Kacific-1 satellite can bring wide-reaching broadband capability for use in communications, civil services, tourism, and medical and emergency response to the country’s most remote regions.

Kacific-1 Passes Critical Design Review – Moves Into Production Phase

The team at Boeing Satellite Systems International proudly announced that the Boeing 702 satellite platform – carrying our Kacific-1 payload – passed the critical design review.

It is now moving into the production phase, building towards the 2019 launch.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NewSpace People: “No company has ever targeted this segment of the market with a realistic value proposition.”

Christian Patouraux talks with NewSpace People about why he founded Kacific, what makes the company different and why it is succeeding in emerging markets.

“I didn’t start Kacific to generate cash or for the excitement of launching a satellite, I started it because I had a business plan that made sense.”

Read the full interview on NewSpace People

 

Taking the Tour de Timor to the world via Kacific’s satellite connections

Dili, Timor-Leste, 31 August 2017 – Mountain bike enthusiasts around the globe will be able to follow every stage of Asia’s most famous mountain bike race, the 2017 Tour de Timor. This is the result of a broadband services agreement signed today between Tour organisers, Noble Timor, and Kacific Broadband Satellites Group (Kacific), the exclusive internet partner of the Tour de Timor and sponsor of a team in the 2017 event.

The Tour, which runs from 19 to 23 September, is Timor-Leste’s flagship international sporting event. It features five gruelling days of racing covering almost 500 km, with 10,000 meters of climbs and vertical ascents of up to 37°, making it one of the world’s toughest endurance events.

Tour de Timor, one of the world’s toughest endurance events. Photo credit: Zoe Morley

Using its interim satellite service, Kacific will provide terminals and internet connectivity to the organisers and participants in the Tour de Timor for the duration of the event. These will be used extensively in the race camps of Aileu and Maliana to support race management, website updates and communications, and uploads by media organisations that follow the Tour. In addition, a mobile unit will provide internet coverage along the daily stages allowing enhanced communications for medical support and media coverage in some of the most remote areas of Timor-Leste.

Announcing the agreement Board President of Noble Timor, HE, the former President of the Republic, José Ramos-Horta, said: “With Kacific’s support the 2017 Tour de Timor will have outstanding global coverage delivering video, images and stories to more people in more countries than ever before. These will help showcase the natural beauty of Timor-Leste to an international audience.”

Kacific CEO Christian Patouraux has a long association with the Tour de Timor: he rode in the 2011 and 2012 events, when he first met Mr Ramos-Horta.

“As a Tour alumnus, I am personally delighted to be involved with this great event once again,” said Mr Patouraux. “Not only is it one of the toughest races in the world, it also brings together the combined power of international sport, national interest and global communications. It helps put the most remote parts of Timor-Leste in touch with the world and lets the world discover what rural Timor has to offer. This is very much in line with Kacific’s value proposition of connecting people in the world’s most remote places to the rest of humanity.

“We see this as a relationship with a bright future. Within two years, when our Kacific-1 satellite is fully operational, we will be able to deliver an even faster low cost broadband service to all the people of Timor-Leste”

The Tour de Timor began in 2009 as an initiative of Mr Ramos-Horta, as part of his “Dili – City of Peace” campaign. The 2017 event will demonstrate Timor-Leste’s enthusiasm and preparedness for inclusion in ASEAN, with participants from every ASEAN nation taking part in the race under the event’s banner “Timor-Leste-ASEAN Peace Bridge”.

For more information please check the Tour’s websites or find it on Facebook.

www.tourdetimor.com

www.facebook.com/TourDeTimor

www.nobletimor.com

www.diliinternationalmarathon.com

www.discoverdili.com