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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.

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

 

Introducing GigStarter: Connect Your Connections

Introducing

GigStarter

Connect Your Connections

With a high throughput satellite signal above you, all you need is a channel to sell, install, support, monitor and bill the end-user.

Introducing GigStarter – an easily deployed, low risk satellite broadband service powered by Kacific. For a fraction of the monthly cost of current satellite connectivity prices, Pacific ISPs, Telco’s and internet entrepreneurs can now provide a live WIFI hotspot powered satellite terminal to a clinic, school or village.

With full managed services including teleport and a pay-as-you-grow contractual structure, GigStarter is the simple, low cost and low risk way to connect micro markets. It’s the first service of its kind in the Pacific and it’s designed to reach the places that traditional structures can’t reach.

Satellite Broadband Simplified

Each small satellite dish will deliver unlimited data at access speeds of 20 down/2 up Mbps, with an excellent forward Committed Information Rate of 250kbps. The service is fully managed including teleport and operates on a pay-as-you-grow system. GigStarter customers will be upgraded to the Kacific-1 Ka-band network in 2019.

GigStarter is currently available to internet service providers in Fiji, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna, Samoa and American Samoa. Contact us for other countries.

To learn more about GigStarter, please contact sales@kacific.com

 

Just add internet

20/2 Mbps access speeds

Excellent 250Kbps CIR

Unlimited data

Upgrade to Ka-band service in 2019

 

Low cost per site

Low start-up cost for terminals

Low wholesale cost per month for bandwidth

Terminals can be solar powered

 

Fully managed service

State-of-the-art teleport in Queensland, Australia

Training on set-up

Guidance for first installation

Remote monitoring and technical support

 

Pay-as-you-grow

Entry-level package

Commit only when you sell

Low risk way to grow business in micro markets

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

 

Kacific’s first operational service – connecting rural Vanuatu to the world

Kacific Broadband Satellites today announced its first operational service, a high-speed broadband internet connection into the rural Lambubu area on Malekula Island in Vanuatu.

The service, which is based at Lambubu Primary School, is providing a broadband internet connection at speeds of up to 17 Mbps delivered by satellite. A small VSAT terminal has been installed to receive the signal, and all villagers can now get the benefit of high speed internet connectivity. A local college was also recently connected, and several further schools and healthcare centres will be connected over the next few weeks.

The installation is the result of a joint project between the Vanuatu government, local ISP Telsat and Kacific.

“The broadband connectivity from Kacific is a major step in our work to provide universal internet access to the people of Vanuatu,” said Dalsie Baniala, head of the Telecommunications & Radiocommunications Regulator (TRR).

“The computer lab at Lambubu School will in future develop into a government service centre, providing internet and educational and health services to the wider community. This connectivity will provide previously unheard of educational opportunities for the children, as well as improving health outcomes for all villagers.”

“I am very excited to see our first service in operation,” said Christian Patouraux, CEO of Kacific.

“The immediate need in Vanuatu is education and healthcare, but beyond this, affordable broadband internet enables more effective emergency planning and disaster recovery programmes. Broadband will open up opportunities to government to provide important services to regions of Vanuatu that would otherwise be under-served. The connectivity will also create opportunities for people in rural Vanuatu to engage in e-commerce, which can subsequently increase the wealth of communities.”

Mr Patouraux says that the deployment on Vanuatu is proof of the vision that started the company back in 2013.

“We wanted to create a frugal service that uses proven technology. We’ve designed it as a nimble, easy to deploy service that can adapt to different circumstances.

“If we provide good network quality at a price that people can afford, then demand increases dramatically. We’ve had a very strong response to our service, not just from islands around the Pacific, but far beyond, from South America to Africa.”

Kacific now has over US$365 million of bandwidth in signed commitments from companies and governments in nations throughout the Pacific and south east Asia.

The service is powered using the Newtec Dialog® multiservice VSAT platform from Newtec, a specialist in designing, developing and manufacturing equipment and technologies for satellite communications, and utilises a teleport from satellite and terrestrial installation company Av-Comm to provide connectivity, hosting and uplink services.

“Beyond the Blue Continent” in SatMagazine

The SatMagazine June 2016 issue carries a joint article from Cyril Annarella, Executive Director, Kacific, and Kerstin Roost, Public Relations Director, Newtec.

Beyond The Blue Continent

The challenge of creating ubiquitous broadband connectivity is key to the continued growth and development of the satellite sector. That’s because the very nature of satellite technology means it is often the only viable solution for areas where geography makes access most difficult. Where other methods of connectivity are either substandard, uneconomical or completely absent, only satellite communication technology can deliver affordable and reliable broadband connectivity direct-to-premises.

The many thousands of isolated islands dotted across the Pacific Ocean provide a stark illustration of the limitations of traditional terrestrial approaches to connectivity. One operator, Kacific Broadband Satellites, is looking to address this endemic lack of connection and, in so doing, created a service model that can deliver fast, affordable, connectivity to nations within and around the Pacific, across Asia and beyond.

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Kacific satellite to provide faster, more affordable broadband to Pacific nations

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.”

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