Cities in Asia Pacific are fibre-fuelled, highly connected zones where internet-based services are growing at a phenomenal rate. However, large townships and semi-rural areas have a growing demand for internet-based services but not enough bandwidth capacity to keep up with the explosion of internet applications.
Connecting these smaller communities will bring great social benefit to locals through applications such as tele-medicine, e-commerce and online education. It will also add increased economic capability and resilience to the nation and stronger, faster communication channels for its people.
How much demand is there? Take for example Papua New Guinea. The nation’s population is growing steadily at a rate of around 2%. Within 10 years, the nation’s total population is projected to reach over 10 million.
In terms of connectivity, World Bank Data indicates a huge opportunity for telecommunications companies and Internet Service Providers (ISPs). Individuals using the internet in PNG has risen in the past decade to almost 1 million in 2017, representing an estimated 11.2% of the total population of 8.2 million. In 2007, just 1.8% of the population were using internet. Mobile is proving to be a popular technology with around 47 mobile cellular subscriptions per 100 people.
In 2017, a majority of the nation’s population (86.9%) lived in rural areas; that is around 7 million people. There’s no doubt that more telecommunications infrastructure is needed to connect this large rural population. But connectivity comes with challenges.
For townships with populations of around 20,000 to 40,000 people, fibre is too costly to deploy. The capital expenditure for ground-based telecommunications infrastructure is increased in South-East Asia and Pacific countries as the geographical terrain is difficult to properly cover; populations are spread across islands and mountainous regions.
Kacific Satellite Trunking: Massive Capacity. Minimal Cost.
Kacific’s next generation High Throughput Satellite (HTS) will be a key contributor to meeting demand in semi-rural and rural areas by providing a large pipe of stable, high-speed bandwidth to a township without the expensive infrastructure costs. Like other technologies, satellite technology such as the HTS used by Kacific, continues to advance, increasing the speed of internet bandwidth and the reliability of the connection.
Kacific Trunking is a service developed with growing digital populations in mind. It offers telecommunications operators and ISPs a very cost-effective solution for increasing internet and mobile network capacity. The broadband bandwidth is received by a 4.5 metre antenna, which can be rapidly deployed, and is seamlessly integrated into the internet backbone. Using the best in class high throughput modems Kacific Trunking connectivity to land more than 1Gbps in a given location.
With broad coverage, lower maintenance costs and flexible deployment, Kacific will play an integral role of increasing network capacity in towns across Asia Pacific.