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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 and Gardamor to connect remote health clinics throughout Timor-Leste

Dili, Timor-Leste – 26 June 2018 – Remote and rural health clinics across Timor-Leste will soon be connected to high speed satellite internet, providing them access to newly launched AdenBox, an online portal to manage medicines and medical equipment, as well as AdenCare, the country’s central medical records database.

The internet connection, supplied by Kacific Broadband Satellites Group (Kacific) and distributed by local company Gardamor Internet Services (Gardamor) and the Ministry of Health, will enable the launch and expansion of the healthcare software to more than 75 health centres covering all of Timor-Leste by July 2018.

Kacific Broadband internet powers telemedicine in South East Asia and the Pacific

Odete Maria Freitas Belo, Executive Director, SAMES, at the medical storage facility, Dili

“Timor-Leste is consolidating all the work done to improve the healthcare sector over the last sixteen years,” says Minister of Health, Rui Maria de Araújo. “The internet connection is crucial in helping us achieve the ultimate goal of using healthcare software in real time. Timor-Leste will be able to manage its medical resources more efficiently to benefit patients.”

The central distribution centre for medicine in Timor-Leste, SAMES, installed its first small-scale satellite dish on 15 June, to connect with pharmacies and health clinics throughout the country via AdenBox. The World Health Organisation (WHO) is supplying 300 laptops for health professionals to access online programmes.

Installation of VSAT terminal at SAMES, Dili

Installation of VSAT terminal at SAMES, Dili

“In Timor-Leste there have been issues with stockouts and distribution of vital medicines,” says Dr Rajesh Pandav, WHO representative for Timor-Leste. “A good quality internet connection is essential for the web-based tool introduced by SAMES to manage logistical supplies.”

“We have experience in delivering tele-medicine networks in the Pacific and understand the barriers, such as geography, resources, and education, that communities face in accessing the internet,” says Christian Patouraux, CEO Kacific. “We look forward to seeing the difference this connectivity will bring to people in Timor-Leste.”

“To make a difference for all Timor-Leste’s people, the internet connection needs to be available wherever people live. Our service gives communities in rural locations the same high speed, good quality and low-cost internet connection as people in Dili,” says Eduardo Belo Soares-Gattot, CEO Gardamor.

Local doctors connect to high-speed internet for telemedicine in Timor-Leste

Dr. Egidio de Carvalho Freitas Pinto, Metinaro City, Timor-Leste

The Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste is in a mountainous region of South East Asia, with settlements spread across the country’s main land mass and Atauro island. When the Kacific-1 satellite launches in late 2019, Timor-Leste’s health clinics and pharmacies will be upgraded to receive an even faster broadband connection from the powerful new satellite.