Singapore, 9 March 2020 – Kacific1, Kacific Broadband Satellites Group’s (Kacific) first communications satellite, has entered commercial service and is ready to support customers across Asia Pacific.
Designed and manufactured by Boeing, Kacific1 is a high-throughput, ka-band satellite which successfully launched on 16 December 2019 from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The payload and bus platform have been thoroughly tested and all 56 spot beams are now operating with full capability from the 150E orbital position.
“From the early design and through the construction phases, we knew that Kacific-1 would provide the Asia-Pacific region with cost-effective technology to transform lives and businesses with the best broadband available to remote areas. Now with the in-orbit tests completed, we can realize this huge potential.” said Bob Perpall, Chief Technology Officer, Kacific.
“In the two months since launch, we’ve rolled out over a hundred trial sites across Asia Pacific and are extremely pleased with the technology’s performance. When we put up the initial carriers and saw the performance we were getting on that first terminal, we knew then that we had something wonderful to offer people.”
Kacific engineers are upskilling local engineers in the installation and maintenance of the satellite ground technology. The rapid rollout will continue in coming months connecting both new end users and those being transferred from the provisional Ku-band network to Kacific1’s Ka-band services.
Kacific’s affordable, high-speed broadband services are available in these countries through local telecommunications and internet service providers:
Pacific: American Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Kiribati, Micronesia, New Zealand, Niue, Northern Mariana, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu.
Asia: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Timor-Leste and Southern Thailand.
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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.
Nicole Steven, Botica Butler Raudon Partners, NicoleS@botica.co.nz, +64 21 025 31886