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Without satellites 5G networks won’t deliver on their potential

The promised nirvana of 5G — connecting devices, robots, sensors everywhere — cannot be delivered without satellite, says Sakato Omata, writing in Techwire Asia. Satellites are needed to realize the potential of the 5G network because the fiber cables which make up the backbone of 4G networks, have reached their economic limits.

No one is saying that satellites will make cabled connections redundant. In fact, satellites are complementary to cable, as they act as a link for areas with a limited connection to the main grid. Satellites take into account bandwidth, latency, network conditions and other application-specific requirements, then provision traffic based on availability. They have prominent roles to play in two areas in particular: rural areas, where available infrastructure limits 4G connections, and urban areas with strong 4G connections, where satellites can ease network traffic congestion.

To achieve complete coverage with very high reliability, says Omata, providers should rely on a combination of multiple wireless resources such as Wifi, WiGig, and satellite. In this case, interoperability becomes a challenge, as multiple technologies must co-exist to deliver services in these environments.

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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

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).

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.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kacific selects SpaceX to provide launch service

Kacific-1 will bring fast, cost-effective internet service to South East Asia and the Pacific

Port Vila, Vanuatu– 5 September 2017 Kacific Broadband Satellites Group (Kacific) has selected SpaceX as the launch provider for its Kacific-1 satellite, which is being built by The Boeing Company.

SpaceX Falcon 9

Kacific-1 will be launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9, a two-stage orbit-class rocket.

Kacific-1 will be launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9, a two-stage orbit-class rocket designed from the ground-up for maximum reliability and reusability.

“SpaceX has a breadth of vision that appeals to us,” says Christian Patouraux, Kacific CEO. “The company is committed to changing the way people think about space and the possibilities it represents. Signing with SpaceX as our launch service provider is a major step towards delivering our own vision. We look forward to seeing Kacific-1 atop a Falcon 9 Rocket in 2019.”

“SpaceX is proud to partner with Kacific on the milestone launch of the company’s first satellite, Kacific-1.” said Gwynne Shotwell, President and COO of SpaceX. “We appreciate their confidence in our proven capabilities and look forward to delivering their satellite to orbit.”

In February 2017 Kacific placed an order with The Boeing Company for the Kacific-1 satellite. Based on the reliable 702 satellite platform, Kacific-1 is designed to deliver high speed broadband via 56 narrow Ka-band beams, with the most powerful signal level ever achieved in a commercial satellite in the South East Asia and Pacific regions.

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

 

Kacific places order with Boeing for a high throughput satellite

Kacific-1 first to bring affordable high throughput broadband capacity to under-served markets in South East Asia and the Pacific

 

Singapore – 21 February 2017Kacific Broadband Satellites Pte Ltd (Kacific) today announced that it has ordered its Kacific-1 satellite from The Boeing Company (Boeing) based on the 702 satellite platform. This condominium satellite will be shared with JCSAT-18, ordered by SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation.

Kacific closed a US$147 million financing round in late 2016 with a mix of equity, debt and customer prepayments which covers the purchase of the satellite, launch service, ground systems and all other project costs. To secure this funding, Kacific has signed 15 managed bandwidth wholesale agreements in 14 different countries for a total value of US$434 million.

Kacific-1 is designed to deliver uncontended broadband throughput via 57 Ka-band narrow beams, each having a capacity up to 1.25Gbps, with the highest signal power ever achieved in the region. The beams are selectively tailored to cover precise pockets of demand in a geographically dispersed footprint of 20 Pacific and South East Asian nations. Strategic positioning of the beams has enabled Kacific to sell capacity in 51 out of 57 beams so far, through take-or-pay contracts, with most beams exceeding 70 percent firm capacity bookings and several being almost saturated.

Kacific selected the Boeing 702 because it is a reliable High-Throughput Satellite platform delivering strong economics and a consistent high-quality connectivity across all service beams.

“Boeing is pleased Kacific has chosen our flight-proven scalable 702 satellite for its next-generation broadband satellite service,” said Mark Spiwak, president of Boeing Satellite Systems International. “The capability and performance of the Boeing 702 satellite will enable Kacific to meet increasing demands for connectivity in the Asia-Pacific region, reaching new and underserved markets with reliable and cost-effective satellite internet services.”

“We do pure play broadband. We focus on direct-to-premise. We precisely place capacity where it is most needed,” said Christian Patouraux, Kacific CEO. “This will yield price points that will unleash internet participation and usage. With the launch of Kacific-1, in 2019, people in areas currently lacking affordable high speed internet will be able to access online education, healthcare and public services, and grow their local economies. Delivering internet speeds over 100 Mbps on low cost, small form factor terminals, will help connect the dots of South East Asia and the Pacific to the digital world”.

Driven by its entrepreneurial culture and early sales success in Asia-Pacific, Kacific is now expanding its model to other regions with plans for follow-on satellites.

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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