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Kacific Accepts 2018 Better Satellite World Award

Kacific founder and CEO, Christian Patouraux, accepted the 2018 Better Satellite World Award at a ceremony in London on Monday night in recognition of the company’s work bringing affordable connectivity via next-generation satellites to the people of South East Asia and the Pacific.

Christian Patouraux with Kacific leadership and supporters

Christian Patouraux with Kacific leadership and supporters

Bestowed by the Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI), the award honours companies who use satellite systems to make the world a more prosperous, healthier, better-educated, sustainable and inclusive home for humankind.

“When I started Kacific, I wasn’t interested in following the status quo. By serving only narrow, lucrative telecoms segments, the status quo was leaving many populations behind and increasing the digital divide,” said Christian Patouraux. “Kacific didn’t re-invent the wheel, but my team and I took advantage of innovative new space technology and operated a lean organisation to match the cost expectations of emerging markets.”

“The flagship project in our proof-of-concept service connects the Vanuatu Interisland Telemedicine and Learning Network. The Network has already saved the lives of a number of people in emergency situations, because of the speed with which outer island health clinics can contact the main hospitals and specialist doctors. So, we know that our satellite, Kacific1, will make a tangible difference to people’s lives. This service is just one of several community-based projects we are currently operating in Asia Pacific. We are honoured to receive this award ahead of 2019, when the services of our next-generation satellite commence,” said Patouraux.

Once launched in 2019, Kacific’s first satellite, Kacific1, will help connect more 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. The satellite beams will cover previously isolated or underserved regions of South Asia, South East Asia, Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia, providing a channel for connectivity.

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.

Diversification in the wave of next-generation satellites

The atmosphere beyond our blue earth is a continuing source of fascination for people and businesses alike. Two articles in Svenska Yle and Via Satellite have looked at the wave of new satellite technology – highlighting Kacific as one of the agile players making a real difference to those on the ground.

Candace Johnson

There are many questions about the future which intrigue not just the space industry, but everyday folk around the world: What are the capabilities of these next-generation satellites? Who are they reaching? How will we deal with space debris? What does the future hold?

Finnish broadcaster Svenska Yle spoke with satellite entrepreneur Candace Johnson, who was an early investor (alongside her Oceania Women’s Network Satellite (OWNSAT) group) in Kacific.

In a growing and diverse market, Johnson points out that Kacific-1 is addressing the endemic lack of broadband in Oceania – something to be proud of. She adds that space gives women and men, girls and boys, an opportunity to really make changes for the better on earth.

Via Satellite also published an interesting piece by Carolyn Belle, a senior analyst with Northern Sky Research.

“There are two main paths for satcom operators as they weigh future procurements: to reduce risk and optimize CAPEX, or to boost capabilities and competitiveness. The holy grail, of course, is to accomplish both.” – Carolyn Belle, Via Satellite.

She poses the question:

In tomorrow’s increasingly complex market, which strategies will prevail?

The answer: It will undoubtedly be a blend.

The increasing applications for satellite technology is a positive challenge for operators to navigate. It leads to more innovation. To be in the satellite market today, is to be constantly developing leaner business models, harnessing smarter ground technologies and refining satellite technology to meet the many demands of this technology.

 

Kacific appoints Matteo Catanuto to head sales in New Zealand and the Pacific

Kacific Broadband Satellites has appointed Matteo Catanuto as Vice President Sales, New Zealand and the Pacific Region.

Matteo is a senior telecommunications sales professional who joins Kacific following his role at Digicel Samoa as Sales Director. Prior to that he held high-level sales and business development roles working for TelstraClear, Orcon, Spark Digital, and Digital Mobile (part of the Vodafone New Zealand Group). He has extensive experience in New Zealand and the Pacific in areas highly relevant to Kacific’s growth strategy, including satellite connectivity, bandwidth and solution sales.

In his role with Kacific he will be responsible for establishing service provider networks and distribution channels in New Zealand, American Samoa, Samoa, Tonga, Niue and the Cook Islands for the company’s range of satellite broadband products and services leading up to the launch of Kacific-1 in 2019.

Matteo holds a MSc from Liceo Scientifico, Milan and reports to the Kacific’s Chief Commercial Officer.

Kacific selects Kratos to build state-of-the-art multi-site gateways for Kacific-1

 

 

 

SAN DIEGO, CA, September 6, 2018 – Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq: KTOS), a leading National Security Solutions provider, announced today that it has been awarded an $11 million contract by Kacific Broadband Satellites, to design and build ground stations for Kacific’s new Ka-band High Throughput Satellite (HTS) network. The Kacific-1 HTS satellite, launching in 2019, will deliver broadband services to Pacific rim and South East Asia.

Kratos will help address Kacific’s HTS gateway infrastructure needs by designing and building a state-of-art Ka-band multi-site gateway solution for Kacific-1. Kratos’ gateway solutions are pre-configured in a secure and controlled off-site environment resulting in higher quality and faster time-to-market. The company’s industry-leading designs will optimize and protect Kacific’s investment by reducing complexity and risk, and accelerating market entry.

“Kacific sought a partner who could build a high-performance ground segment to enable us to deliver Ka-band HTS services across widely dispersed regions of the Pacific,” said Kacific CEO, Christian Patouraux. “We wanted an innovative solution which combined market leading products and best-of-breed industry tools and software with quality engineering services. The Kratos team were uniquely responsive to our design needs and our partnership marks another big milestone in our preparations to launch the Kacific-1 satellite.”

The next generation of HTS satellites promises new revenue and service opportunities for satellite operators, but are also driving important changes on the ground since current ground infrastructure is designed and optimized for traditional satellite operations. HTS satellite spot beams deliver high-bandwidth services to particular locations, causing many operators to re-think established ground station needs and designs. Kratos is leading this evolution by offering pre-configured and integrated HTS gateway solutions that enable satellite operators to maximize their HTS business model investment by reducing costs and improving time-to-market.

The Kacific contract award is for a multi-site gateway solution that will additionally include Kratos’ high-performance antennas and RF equipment, as well as several Kratos complementary ground system products, including the Compass® monitoring and control system; Monics® for carrier and spectrum monitoring; and SpectralNet™ RF-over-IP inter-facility links. The solution will be integrated at Kratos’ facility, and installed at various locations in the Pacific rim, with control equipment centralized in Kacific’s Network Operations Centre

“Satellite operators face a number of challenges when deploying HTS networks including the unique demands of implementing an HTS ground infrastructure suitable for initial operations, but designed for scalability as business requirements evolve,” said James Kramer, Kratos Senior Vice President. “We appreciate the confidence that Kacific has shown in Kratos to capitalize on their investment with a flexible, high quality multi-site solution that will support their business model now and in the years to come.”

Kacific appoints Brandon Seir to head broadband marketing of products as satellite launch looms

Kacific Broadband Satellites has appointed Brandon Seir as Vice President, Sales and Marketing – Asia & International Carriers.

He is a marketing, sales and strategic planning specialist with over a decade of experience working in leading international telecommunications, internet service providers and digital technology companies.

He spent 11 years over two periods with Roshan (Telecom Development Company), a subsidiary of AT&T, Talia Sonora & Monaco Telecom a GSM cellular provider with over 7.9M customers, initially as Director Sales, and then Chief Commercial Officer. Prior to that he was Director International Business Development for a Singaporean company, Technobiz Equipment, providing enterprise payments solutions to telecom operators, banks, internet and utility service providers.

In his role with Kacific Brandon is responsible for overseeing the development and introduction of the company’s complete range of satellite broadband products and service offerings leading up to the launch of Kacific1 in 2019. He is also responsible for sales of dynamic solutions to international carriers, ISPs and other service providers in Myanmar, Malaysia, Philippines, Guam, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Timor Leste, Nepal, Brunei and Fiji.

Brandon holds an MBA from the University of Liverpool and a BBA from Tashkent State University.

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.

 

 

 

 

Flag ceremony marks Kacific-1 manufacturing at Boeing Satellite Systems International

Los Angeles, USA – 22 March 2018 — Kacific joined H.E. Ambassador Odo Tevi, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Vanuatu to the United Nations and Ambassador to the United States, at a flag ceremony to mark the manufacturing of Kacific-1 at the Boeing Satellite Systems International (Boeing) factory in Los Angeles.

Boeing installs a national flag in the prestigious Hall of Flags to mark the manufacturing of a first satellite of a designated nation of origin. H.E. Ambassador Tevi also toured the Boeing and the SpaceX factories and discussed the benefits of high-speed broadband connectivity in the Pacific region.

“Satellite broadband will play an important part in assisting Vanuatu to achieve both economic and social goals for current and future generations,” said Ambassador Tevi, “This is a historic moment and is a critical partnership that will enable Vanuatu to achieve its 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development Goals.”

Started one year ago with an extensive design and parts procurement phase, the satellite construction has recently undergone its critical design review and physical integration is now underway at the Boeing Satellite Systems factory. Leading space technology company SpaceX will provide the launch service aboard a Falcon 9 rocket.

“Moving into the satellite integration phase is a decisive step towards the realisation of a totally connected Pacific region,” said Kacific CEO, Christian Patouraux.

Kacific has undertaken several connectivity pilot programmes with other satellites in the Pacific region’s remote islands. The communities involved are embracing the internet for healthcare, education, information gathering and speaking with distant relatives.

“Communities using these services are showing the world that there’s a thirst and a need for real, affordable broadband, even in remote parts of the Pacific,” said Patouraux.

Dawn Harms (VP, Global Sales & Marketing, BSSI), Chris Johnson (President, BSSI), H.E. Odo Tevi, Nick Zilmer (Director, 702 Satellite Programs, BSSI), Robert Perpall (CTO, Kacific).

Dawn Harms (VP, Global Sales & Marketing, BSSI), Chris Johnson (President, BSSI), H.E. Odo Tevi, Nick Zilmer (Director, 702 Satellite Programs, BSSI), Robert Perpall (CTO, Kacific).