Sep 16 2023

Kacific Wins Euroconsult Universal Broadband Award 2023

Leading international consulting firm Euroconsult has honoured Kacific Broadband Satellites Group (Kacific) with its Euroconsult’s 2023 “Universal Broadband Award”. Presented during the World Satellite Business Week, the award recognises Kacific’s commitment to transforming global connectivity in unserved and underserved regions.

Euroconsult honours innovative change-makers in the global space sector each year through its Awards for Excellence in Satellite Business. A panel of industry experts rigorously analyses businesses, stakeholders, and projects and evaluates innovation, strategy, and market impact to identify outstanding achievements and contributions to the sector. For Kacific, this award aptly encapsulates its transformative journey and mission.

Kacific has established a sustainable business offering affordable, high-speed satellite broadband to unserved and underserved regions in Asia and the Pacific. At Kacific, our steadfast commitment to pioneering solutions has established us as the leading Ka-band satellite operator in the Asia-Pacific region. We proudly serve 25 regions and have a profound impact, touching the lives of 3,379 schools, 378 healthcare clinics, dispensaries, hospitals, and more with our innovative solutions.

The strategic decision to harness powerful Ka-band satellite technologies underpins Kacific’s success. Kacific1, a powerful geostationary High Throughput Satellite (HTS), maximises spectrum efficiency by reusing the same spectrum (frequencies) multiple times in 56 powerful spot beams. This not only reduces cost per Mbps below that of traditional FSS satellites but also delivers a reliable and fast internet service to remote locations.

Recognising affordability as a critical factor, Kacific1 was designed to minimise terminal expenses and cost per connection. Flexible products like Gigstarter and Community Wi-Fi allowed flexible degrees of financial commitment, even offering bandwidth distribution through pre-paid vouchers. In addition, our per GB cost is less than 2% of GNI per capita, well below the affordability targets of ITU and UNESCO.

Faced with surging demand and unforeseen obstacles driven by COVID-19, Kacific boldly adapted its traditional wholesale model into an innovative franchise retail model. This shift introduced Gigstarter (and later Community WiFi), a game-changing flexible, prepaid, and pre-packaged monthly broadband plan with a simple terminal kit that reached remote communities and organisations, providing essential infrastructure and re-shaping the broadband satellite landscape.

Kacific also established a unique distribution channel of Kacific Distributors, providing entrepreneurial opportunities, empowering rural economic development, increasing local presence, and ensuring swift deployment and customised servicing for end users.Kacific also established a unique distribution channel of Kacific Distributors, providing entrepreneurial opportunities, empowering rural economic development, increasing local presence, and ensuring swift deployment and customised servicing for end users.

Christian Patouraux (CEO) conveyed his strong sense of accomplishment, stating, “Kacific is proud to receive Euroconsult’s 2023 Universal Broadband Award, acknowledging our efforts to transform global connectivity in underserved areas. As the leading Ka-band satellite operator covering 25 nations across the Asia Pacific, we prioritise adaptation and innovation. Our pioneering franchise retail model has successfully made internet services affordable and accessible, disrupting the value chain and establishing a robust distribution network in major markets. Our goal has been to transform broadband into a commodity and ensure its availability in rural areas. Moreover, we’ve made affordability a key priority by offering terminal kits at a starting price of only USD 570, inclusive of the MDM2010 modem. Embracing our ‘The Heart of Broadband’ tagline, we’re committed to empowering, connecting, and uplifting those in need.”

Kacific’s journey continues with the upcoming launch of its second satellite, Kacific2, which promises to enhance and expand connectivity capabilities and services to meet proven demands in Asia Pacific and beyond.

The company extends its gratitude to its valued customers, partners and distributors for their continued support in this transformative journey.

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