Agu 30 2022

Kacific and ITU Partner to Boost Disaster Preparedness in the Pacific

Singapore, xx February 2020 – Kacific Broadband Satellites Group (Kacific) has entered into a partnership with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), to boost the capacity of Pacific Island States to use satellite communications.

This project aims at bringing connectivity, in particular to remote and outer islands, to provide a reliable communications network when disasters strike and foster socio-economic development.

Pacific islanders face some of the most profound consequences of climate change. UN Secretary-General António Guterres highlighted the increased threats of climate change during a visit to the Pacific Islands in 2019. Pacific Island nations are particularly at threat from the impacts of climate change due to rising sea levels and extreme weather events, which cause flooding, erosion, and lost habitat for humans, animals, and plants. In the past few years, rising seas have entirely wiped out at least eight Pacific Islands.

As part of the Development of Satellite Communications Capacity and Emergency Communications Solutions for the Pacific initiative, Kacific will provide free of charge, high-speed satellite bandwidth and the forty 1.2m Ka-band terminals needed to receive the bandwidth. Kacific will continue to share its technical expertise by training local partners on using and maintaining satellite ground equipment. Crucially, local partners will be trained to use this service for emergency telecommunications to aid recovery efforts following disasters.

ITU has also worked with project beneficiary countries to provide hybrid solar power solutions to ensure that the remotest communities in Pacific get a stable electricity source to power the ground technology for satellite connectivity. In addition, technical experts from relevant administrations have been trained to install and configure the satellite terminals, thereby developing the technical capacity of local organizations to undertake similar activities in future.

“We are delighted to be partnering with the ITU for this critical initiative,” says Kacific Founder and CEO, Christian Patouraux. “This initiative is possible because our Kacific1 satellite is now delivering affordable satellite broadband to the islands of the Pacific. This brand new, high-throughput satellite provides an exceptional service at a fraction of the cost of other technologies, making its services practical for rural, remote and even semi-urban communities. We will create more products and work with our local partners in each country to increase their technological expertise and ability to support disaster preparedness and recovery efforts.”

Sites running the service are located in rural and remote communities within seven countries: Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Samoa, Tuvalu, Tonga, Kiribati and Vanuatu. The provisioned bandwidth will be delivered by Kacific’s high-throughput satellite, Kacific1, which provides affordable satellite broadband to 25 nations in Asia Pacific.

“By building closer collaboration, partnerships and integrating innovative digital technologies in disaster risk reduction and management, we can go much further in terms of mitigating against disasters and saving lives,” says Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau. “This partnership will go a long way to strengthen disaster resilience of Small Island States in the Asia Pacific region.”

Beyond disaster recovery, Kacific1, which is now fully active, will help to transform Asia Pacific nations by delivering its citizens with access to affordable, high-speed satellite broadband.

Kacific1, which uses the high-frequency Ka-band spectrum, is the most powerful broadband satellite serving the region to date. Its high-throughput technology reuses spectrum multiple times, resulting in greater spectral efficiency and therefore a lower cost per bandwidth.

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About Kacific
Kacific Broadband Satellites Group (Kacific) is a next-generation broadband satellite operator that provides affordable, high-speed broadband access to Asia Pacific. Kacific uses the latest multi-beam space communications and ground technology to provide a quality service to businesses, governments and communities.
Kacific’s high-throughput Ka-band satellite, Kacific1, delivers to the Pacific and South East Asia, with a focus on underserved rural and suburban areas. Kacific services foster greater internet usage, fuelling economic growth and improvements in service delivery across covered regions.
Kacific’s awards include Best Digital Inclusion (Pacific ICT Awards, 2019), Satellite Executive of the Year: Christian Patouraux (APSCC, 2019) and Better World Satellite Award (SSPI, 2018). Kacific’s headquarters are in Singapore with main operations out of Vanuatu.
For more information, visit www.kacific.com or follow on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter or YouTube

About ITU
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is the specialized United Nations agency for information and communication technologies (ICTs), driving innovation in ICTs together with 193 Member States and a membership consisting of over 900 companies, universities, and international and regional organizations. Established over 150 years ago in 1865, ITU is the intergovernmental body responsible for coordinating the shared global use of the radio spectrum, promoting international cooperation in assigning satellite orbits, improving communication infrastructure in the developing world, and establishing the worldwide standards that foster seamless interconnection of a vast range of communications systems. From broadband networks to cutting-edge wireless technologies, aeronautical and maritime navigation, radio astronomy, oceanographic and satellite-based earth monitoring as well as converging fixed-mobile phone, Internet and broadcasting technologies, ITU is committed to connecting the world. For more information, visit: www.itu.int.

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