About

Kacific is a next-generation broadband satellite operator. We are committed to providing universal, fast, high-quality broadband access at an affordable cost using robust technologies and an agile business model.

Founded in 2013 by a core team of senior satellite professionals, Kacific is backed by a group of investors with experience in global telecommunications and infrastructure. Our first Ka-band high throughput satellite, Kacific1, launched in 2019 to stream high-speed, low-cost, ultra-reliable broadband to rural and suburban areas of the Pacific and South East Asia.

Kacific is a wholesale business selling to telecommunications operators, internet service providers, governments and other service providers.

About

Our mission, values and people

600

Serving Million People

25

Countries Covered

56

Satellite Spot Beams

Our Values

Driving Connectivity Into New Territories

Kacific’s purpose is to make 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. Broadband connectivity enables critical government services to reach the heart of otherwise vulnerable rural communities.

Banishing Digital Darkness

We are committed to using proven space technologies to solve the endemic lack of affordable broadband internet in remote and underserved regions and locations of the world. Satellite connectivity drives economic growth, provides infrastructure freedom to communities and improves people’s lives. Whether in urban, extra-urban, rural or fringe and remote areas, we help businesses, governments and communities fully participate in the digital world.

A Catalyst For Change

To really make a difference, Kacific looks beyond the limits of today’s practices, reacts quickly and adapts flexibly. We learn from successful technologies around the world and combine that with our innovative business model to find new ways of doing much more with much less – without compromising quality. And we invest in powerful satellites, focusing on broadband and broadband alone, so that customers don’t have to invest on the ground.

Accessible and Affordable

We understand the challenges that most ISPs, telecom operators, enterprises and governments in South East Asia and the Pacific region face in delivering connectivity to rural and extra-urban areas. Some may want to give up on these areas or see them as an unprofitable burden. We see them as a primary target market, because we understand the formidable, untapped opportunity of connecting their economies sustainably and profitably. We want to share that vision with telecommunication operators and governments to let them reap the attractive rewards of social and commercial inclusion of these areas.

Strong Partnerships

We believe true connectivity is the result of genuine, durable partnerships. We consult, advise, and work with our local partners to develop solutions that address emerging opportunities and provide increasingly more valuable services to their customers.

2020

First-half 2020
Kacific1 Broadband Services commence across Asia Pacific.
Kacific conducts first Mobile Backhaul over Geo-Stationary Ka-band Satellite in Pacific Islands.

2019

First-half 2019
State-of-the-art Kacific1 gateways and ground infrastructure are built by Kratos and commissioned in three countries within the Asia Pacific region.

Second-half 2019

  • Boeing ships Kacific1 to Cape Canaveral, Florida
  • Kacific1 arrives at SpaceX facilities
  • Kacific1 launches into orbit, providing coverage to Asia and the Pacific

2018

Kacific signs more contracts to deliver capacity to the Philippines.

The successful Ku-band service continues expansion to more regions including Timor-Leste, Indonesia, and Fiji. The interim Ku service validates our business case and helps many of our customers to grow their network in preparation for Kacific1 satellite.

Kacific selects Kratos to manufacture and install its teleport radio-frequency equipment.

2017

Kacific, in cooperation with SKY Perfect JSAT, select The Boeing Company to design and manufacture its first satellite, Kacific1, based on the 702-satellite platform and initiates its 30-month construction.

Kacific confirms that Kacific1 will launch atop a two-stage orbit-class SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The Falcon 9 launch service is purchased later that year.

The Ku band service proof of concept turns into a full-fledged commercial service and is greatly expanded. A dedicated teleport in Queensland, Australia is built, and service is started in 8 countries, including Papua New Guinea, Kiribati, Tonga, and Solomon Islands.

Kacific places Kacific1 launch and in-orbit insurance.

2016

As customers grow across the Asia-Pacific region, Kacific successfully closes its financing for Kacific1.

Kacific begins an interim service, providing connectivity to health clinics, schools and communities in remote areas of Vanuatu with a Ku-band satellite.

2015

Kacific signs more contracts with service providers and telecommunication businesses in the Pacific Islands and South East Asia. From Indonesia to French Polynesia, telecommunications providers show strong interest in long-term connectivity to generate profitable revenues from untapped regions in their respective countries.

Kacific signs an initial collaboration agreement with SKY Perfect JSAT, aiming to develop a joint condominium satellite.

Kacific finalises its design and initiates a tendering process for its satellite Kacific1.

2014

Kacific signs agreements to connect the nations of Tuvalu, Solomon Islands and Kiribati.

The International Telecommunication Union and Kacific agree to collaborate on the development of satellite communications capacity and emergency communications solutions for the Pacific region.

2013

Kacific is founded by Christian Patouraux to provide universal access to high-speed, high-quality internet at an affordable cost. Co-founders Cyril Annarella and Mark Rigolle then join Christian in his early efforts to establish the business. In December 2013, Kacific announces its intention to launch its first satellite, Kacific1, to provide high-speed internet and broadband services to more than 40 million people in the Asia Pacific region.

Celebrated satellite entrepreneur Candace Johnson invests in Kacific through the Oceania Women’s Network Satellite (OWNSAT) and sits as an advisory member of the Kacific Board.


Our Team

MANAGEMENT

CHRISTIAN PATOURAUX

Chief Executive Officer and Founder

CEO and Founder at Kacific Broadband Satellites Group.

Christian has 26 years of experience in the satellite industry with previously held senior positions in Engineering and Business Development.

He holds a Master’s in Electromechanical Engineering from the University of Brussels, Belgium, a Master in Fluid Dynamics from the Von Karman Institute, Belgium, and an MBA from INSEAD Business School.

CYRIL ANNARELLA

Chief Operations Officer and co-founder

Cyril has worked in Europe, China and South-East Asia and has over two decades of experience in the wireless, space, venture capital and digital security industries. He holds an MBA with honours from Chicago-Booth, a Masters degree of Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas and a Masters degree of Aerospace Engineering from ISAE-SUPAERO (France).

Bob Perpall

Chief Technical Officer

Following a decade as a Senior Satellite Engineer for SES, Bob consulted for leading space and communication technology firms including Hughes, Measat, and Telesat Canada before joining Kacific. He holds a Master of Electrical, Electronics and Communication Engineering from the University of California, and a Bachelor of Science Engineering from Harvey Mudd College.

Mark Wong

Chief Financial Officer

A finance professional with CFO and COO experience in private equity, infrastructure and utilities, and banking, Mark’s career includes over 20 years in senior executive positions at Macquarie Group Limited and independent consulting work. He holds a Bachelor of Economics from Macquarie University and is a fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia.

BRANDON SEIR

Chief Commercial Officer

Brandon is a marketing, sales and strategic planning specialist with 10+ years’ experience in international telecommunications, ISP and digital technology companies. He joined Kacific in 2018, following a successful career at telecom development firm Roshan. Brandon holds an MBA from the University of Liverpool and a BBA from Tashkent State University.

Michael Alex

Executive Vice President

Michael has held international business development roles for satellite operators including Kacific, SES and SupremeSAT. He holds a Bachelor of Automation and Network Engineering from Mendeleyev University of Chemical Technology.

JACQUES-SAMUEL PROLON

Executive Vice President

Jacques-Samuel is highly experienced in international business within the telecommunications, space and IT sectors, having worked for Appen Butler Hill and Altran Europe. He holds an MBA from the AGSM, a Master of Telecommunications Engineering from France National Institute of Telecommunications and a Master of Medical Imaging.

Kate Fried

General Counsel

Kate has extensive experience as a transactional lawyer in the telecommunications and infrastructure sectors, as well as M&A, structuring and financing experience. She has previously worked at Hutchison Telecommunications in Hong Kong and at Macquarie Bank in London. Kate holds an LL.B from University College, London.

DIRECTORS

CHRISTIAN PATOURAUX

Executive Board Director

CEO and Founder at Kacific Broadband Satellites Group.

Christian has 26 years of experience in the satellite industry with previously held senior positions in Engineering and Business Development.

He holds a Master’s in Electromechanical Engineering from the University of Brussels, Belgium, a Master in Fluid Dynamics from the Von Karman Institute, Belgium, and an MBA from INSEAD Business School.

SELVA BRYAN RATNAM

Non-executive Board Director and Chairman

Over 20-year veteran of the law, media and retail sectors in the UK, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia, with a deep skillset encompassing legal, business development and corporate strategy.

He holds a Bachelor’s of Economics from Monash, Australia, and a Bachelor’s of Law from University of Kent, England.

LEE HSIEN YANG

Non-Executive Board Director

Singaporean senior management executive with over 20 years of board and executive positions across financial, retail and telecommunications.

He was awarded the President’s Scholarship and holds a Bachelor’s in Engineering Science from Trinity College, Cambridge, and a Master of Science in Management from Stanford University.

COLIN LOW

Non-Executive Board Director

Global Independent Board Director & Chairman with over 20 years of executive management experiences across US, Europe and Asia.

He is a certified International Board Director conferred by INSEAD University in Fontainebleau, France (Jan 2013), and a lifetime Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Directors (since Oct 2014). He is a member of the INSEAD Director Network.

DAVID EREIRA

Non-executive Board Director

A partner in the Restructuring and Finance practice at Paul Hastings, David is a highly-experience law professional with over 35 years’ experience in complex and high-profile corporate transactions. He holds a Master of Science, a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Manchester.

GUY WALKER

Non-executive Board Director

A highly accomplished director and senior investment management executive with over 20 years’ financial markets experience.

Guy has extensive corporate governance experience having spent over 10 years as a director or company secretary of a range of globally diverse, listed and unlisted companies.

He holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration from Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. Guy is a member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand, the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts.

Our Partners

We work in partnership with leading companies and recognised organisations. The skills and expertise these partners bring allow us to deliver a world class service through our satellite assets and advance the global broadband infrastructure.

ST Engineering

ST Engineering iDirect’s multiservice VSAT platform, Newtec Dialog®, comprises the most advanced and efficient satellite technologies available. Newtec Dialog offers Kacific’s customers a wide range of VSAT user terminals suited to services such as broadband access, community Wi-Fi broadband, mobile backhaul, maritime broadband and airline inflight broadband. ST Engineering’s reputation and market leading brand supports Kacific’s quality in service delivery.

MARSH & MCLENNAN COMPANIES

Experts in large-scale insurance and risk management, Marsh & McLennan Companies provides comprehensive business insurance to Kacific. The global professional services firm owns businesses in insurance brokerage, risk management, reinsurance services, investment advisory, and management consulting.

Satellites. Signals. Networks.

Kratos was awarded the manufacturing, installation and commissioning of Kacific gateways. Kratos Technology and products support strategic and transformational national security programs, bringing disruptive solutions rapidly to market. Its satellite communications division supports more than 85% of U.S. space missions and 75% of all commercial satellite operations.

SPACEX

Leaders in space technology, SpaceX designs, manufactures and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft with a focus on innovative, reliable and reusable technology. The launch vehicle for Kacific1, Falcon 9, is the first orbital class rocket capable of reflight.

THE BOEING COMPANY

The Boeing Company has a long tradition of aerospace leadership and innovation. Its space systems division Boeing Satellite Systems International is expert in building advanced information and communication systems. Boeing is constructing the Kacific1 satellite based on the reliable 702 platform.

SKY PERFECT JSAT

SKY Perfect JSAT is Asia’s largest satellite communication company. Its JCSAT-18 satellite will share the Boeing-702MP platform with Kacific1 under a condosat arrangement: two separate payloads on a single bus, with JSAT and Kacific sharing the launch costs.

Work at Kacific

Kacific offers a vibrant, flexible, family-like, and family-friendly working environment. Working at Kacific answers the age-old question “why am I going to work this morning?”. It is a purposeful and exciting place to work at, with considerable options for personal growth. Focusing on individual initiative and autonomy, Kacific’s flat organisational structure promotes personal achievement, personal recognition, social interactions, and personal fulfillment.

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Awards

Business as a Force for Good Award 2021

INSEAD Alumni Association

Newcomer Satcom Operator Award 2020

Euroconsult

Asia Pacific Telecoms Deal of the Year 2020

IJGlobal Awards

Satellite Executive of the Year 2019: Christian Patouraux

Asia-Pacific Satellite Communications Council (APSCC)

Best Digital Inclusion 2019

Pacific ICT Awards

Better Satellite World Award 2018

Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI)

Best Potential in Asia recipient 2015

France Singapore ICT Awards

Memberships

Member of the Pacific Telecommunications Council (PTC)
Member of the Pacific Islands Telecommunication Association (PITA)
Member of the Global VSAT Forum (GVF)
Affiliate member of the Asia-Pacific Tele-community (APT)

Awards

Business as a Force for Good Award 2021 – INSEAD Alumni Association
Newcomer Satcom Operator Award 2020 – Euroconsult
Asia Pacific Telecoms Deal of the Year 2020 – IJGlobal Awards
Satellite Executive of the Year 2019: Christian Patouraux – Asia-Pacific Satellite Communications Council (APSCC)
Best Digital Inclusion 2019 – Pacific ICT Awards
Better Satellite World Award 2018 – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI)
Best Potential in Asia 2015 – France Singapore ICT Awards

Work at Kacific

Kacific offers a vibrant, flexible, family-like, and family-friendly working environment. Working at Kacific answers the age-old question, “why am I going to work this morning?”. It is a purposeful and exciting place to work at, with considerable options for personal growth. Focusing on individual initiative and autonomy, Kacific’s flat organisational structure promotes personal achievement, personal recognition, social interactions, and personal fulfillment.

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