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Kacific announced as recipient of the 2018 Better Satellite World Award from Space & Satellite Professionals International

Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) recently announced that Kacific will receive a 2018 Better Satellite World Award.

The Better Satellite World Award honours established companies along with disruptive innovators who use satellite systems to make the world a more prosperous, healthier, better-educated, sustainable and inclusive home for humankind.

An international jury consisting of a broad cross-section of industry thought leaders and distinguished professionals selected Kacific as a recipient.

“The modern world literally runs on satellite technology though few of the world’s people know it.”

– Robert Bell, SSPI Executive Director

 

“With this year’s recipients, we honour organizations using satellite to spread economic opportunity and improve resilience in the face of adversity.  Their work – little known to the world – is making that world a better, safer and more equitable place,” said Bell.

Our difference

Kacific was founded with the purpose of making a rapid and lasting difference to the people of South East Asia and the Pacific by providing high-quality, low-cost satellite broadband accessible from a small, easy-to-install and affordable antenna.

Once launched in 2019 Kacific’s first satellite, Kacific-1, will help connect 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. Combining inexpensive, small and maintenance-free ground equipment with the highest satellite signal strength in the region, Kacific delivers low-cost, high-speed internet to local service providers and thereby enables local communities to truly participate in the digital world.

Medical centre in Dili using a small VSAT to connect to broadband internet

Medical centre in Dili using a small VSAT to connect to broadband internet

Connectivity in developing areas fosters better education and healthcare outcomes

With high-speed internet available anywhere, e-education becomes a reality to provide primary and secondary school children with skills necessary to keep pace with the evolving demands in tertiary education and the job market. Connectivity also provides rural and extra-urban medical facilities with critical information and communication capacities for emergency situations, using medical databases, logistics tools and live remote access to specialist doctors, allowing them to save more lives and maintain a better standard of healthcare overall. By enabling a better use of local infrastructure, Kacific makes rural towns and villages safer and more rewarding places to live in.

We will be accepting this award at the Better Satellite World Awards Dinner on 3 December in London.

Read more about the award and SSPI here

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

 

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.