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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 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.