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Outlines Plans for Kacific2 | Philippines VIPs Mark Milestones in the Construction of Kacific Satellite at Boeing Factory | Kacific Accepts 2018 Better Satellite World Award | “Building a 4G LTE Network has Never Been Cheaper or Easier” Says Adrian Potter | New Zealand Sales Director Matteo Catanuto Speaks with NZ’s #1 Podcast | Senior Government Ministers and Public Servants Mark Milestone in Satellite Construction at Boeing Factory | Kacific Announced as Recipient of the 2018 Better Satellite World Award from Space & Satellite Professionals International | Connecting the World, Village by Village: Five Reasons Why Satellite is the Key | John Hawker Strengthens Kacific Sales Team, Leading Efforts Across Melanesia and the Pacific | Diversification in the Wave of Next-Generation Satellites | Kacific Appoints Matteo Catanuto to Head Sales in New Zealand and the Pacific | Kacific Selects Kratos to Build State-of-the-Art Multi-Site Gateways for Kacific-1 | Kacific appoints Brandon Seir to Head Broadband Marketing of Products as Satellite Launch Looms | Kacific Listed by Techcrunch Amongst Most-Funded New Private Satellite Companies Worldwide | Kacific and Gardamor to Connect Remote Health Clinics Throughout Timor-Leste | High Throughput, Low Cost – The Future Of Satellites In Asia Pacific | Kacific at PITA 2018: Accessibility Grows Micro Markets In The Pacific | Introducing GigStarter: Connect Your Connections | Vanuatu Flag Raised as Country’s First Commercial Satellite Commences Construction at Boeing Satellite Systems | Kacific heads to New Zealand: ‘Land of the Long White Cloud’ | Kacific-1 Passes Critical Design Review – Moves Into Production Phase | NewSpace People: “No Company has Ever Targeted This Segment of The Market with a Realistic Value Proposition.” | Kacific Selects SpaceX to Provide Launch Service | Taking the Tour de Timor to the World via Kacific’s Satellite Connections | Kacific Places Order with Boeing for a High Throughput Satellite | Via Satellite: “Kacific Capacity More Than 70 Percent Presold on First Satellite” | Kacific’s First Operational Service – Connecting Rural Vanuatu to the World | “Beyond the Blue Continent” in SatMagazine | Kacific selects AV-Comm teleport for first satellite broadband service in the Pacific | SatelliteFinance reports on UK private investor stake in Kacific | UK Private Investor Takes US$20 Million Stake in Kacific | Kacific features in a Satellite Finance story | Kacific honoured with award for Best Potential in Asia | Kacific the ‘budget airline’ of the internet in rural Indonesia | Kacific and BigNet bring fast affordable broadband to all Indonesians | Pacific Wave Conference: connectivity key to economic growth and resilience | Tokelau selects Kacific to deliver high-speed broadband | Vanuatu government announces a new dawn in education | Kacific to bring fast broadband to Kiribati’s most remote islands | Kacific signs cooperation agreement supporting ITU’s affordable connectivity program for 11 Pacific countries | Kacific inks five year satellite broadband agreement with Solomon Telekom Company Limited | “Flying High” in August CommsDay | Tuvalu Telecommunications Corporation signs five year satellite broadband deal with Kacific | Kacific Features in SatMagazine’s June 2014 issue | Kacific offers Vanuatu Students a chance to “Touch the Sky” | Kacific satellite to provide faster, more affordable broadband to Pacific nations | Data demand drives opportunities for HTS satellites | Directing affordable broadband capacity to places where its most needed | ADB aims high – first ever ADB satellite financing expanding broadband access for millions | Kacific and Tata Communications Ink Global IP Connectivity and Cyber Security Deal | Vanuatu’s Telemedicine Initiative Continues to Save Lives In Remote Areas – Thanks to Affordable Broadband Internet Provided by Kacific | Christian Patouraux named Satellite Executive of the Year – APSCC | Kacific1 satellite arrives at SpaceX launch site in Cape Canaveral, Florida | Kacific1 Milestone: Boeing has shipped Kacific1 | Kacific Secures Infrastructure Location With Petro1 For Its Broadband Services To Indonesia And The Wider Region. | Chicago Booth Magazine Spotlights Cyril Annarella’s Success In Aerospace Feature | Winner of essay writing contest Mariah Nasak visits Boeing and SpaceX | Samoa’s Telecommunications Regulator Views Brand-New Kacific1 Satellite at Boeing Factory | L’Internet satellitaire à haut débit arrivera en Polynésie française au début 2020 | Agile Players Gravity and Kacific Bring Competition to Broadband Market | Kacific Taps ABS’ Ground Infrastructure for its Gateway Services to the Philippines and the Greater Pacific Region. | Kacific to Fly Vanuatu Student to Visit Space Factories | Kacific1 Milestones: Bus and Payload Integration Complete | Media Statement: Samoa’s Pacific Satellite Connectivity Project and Kacific | Pacific Satellite Connectivity Project – Samoa | Christian Shares Personal Journey With Salamander Magazine | Kacific Recognised for Best Digital Inclusion in the Pacific | INSEAD Alumni Gain Insight Into The Business Of Affordable Internet | Award-Winning Satellite Technology Driving Solutions to the Digital Divide | Interview with Philippines Airlines’ Mabuhay Magazine | Kacific1 Moves Into Final Phase Of Construction – On Track For 2019 Service | Tongan Government Signs Deal With Kacific for Remote Island Connectivity and Fibre back-up | Satellite’s Role In Relieving The Tonga Fibre Cut | Activations, Presentations and Party Time at PITA 2019 | Kacific CEO Talks with Telecom Times | Kacific Becomes a Full Member of GVF | Kacific Sponsors FICTAP 20th International Cable Congress | Meeting Data Demand in Pacific Townships | Kacific1 Milestones: Testing Begins | Tongan Fibre-Optic Cable Outage Relieved by Satellite | Kacific Awards Newtec Contract To Boost Affordable Broadband Services Across Asia-Pacific On Kacific1 | Kacific Lays Out Service Plans to Support Launch of Kacific1. Outlines Plans for Kacific2 | Philippines VIPs Mark Milestones in the Construction of Kacific Satellite at Boeing Factory | Kacific Accepts 2018 Better Satellite World Award | “Building a 4G LTE Network has Never Been Cheaper or Easier” Says Adrian Potter | New Zealand Sales Director Matteo Catanuto Speaks with NZ’s #1 Podcast | Senior Government Ministers and Public Servants Mark Milestone in Satellite Construction at Boeing Factory | Kacific Announced as Recipient of the 2018 Better Satellite World Award from Space & Satellite Professionals International | Connecting the World, Village by Village: Five Reasons Why Satellite is the Key | John Hawker Strengthens Kacific Sales Team, Leading Efforts Across Melanesia and the Pacific | Diversification in the Wave of Next-Generation Satellites | Kacific Appoints Matteo Catanuto to Head Sales in New Zealand and the Pacific | Kacific Selects Kratos to Build State-of-the-Art Multi-Site Gateways for Kacific-1 | Kacific appoints Brandon Seir to Head Broadband Marketing of Products as Satellite Launch Looms | Kacific Listed by Techcrunch Amongst Most-Funded New Private Satellite Companies Worldwide | Kacific and Gardamor to Connect Remote Health Clinics Throughout Timor-Leste | High Throughput, Low Cost – The Future Of Satellites In Asia Pacific | Kacific at PITA 2018: Accessibility Grows Micro Markets In The Pacific | Introducing GigStarter: Connect Your Connections | Vanuatu Flag Raised as Country’s First Commercial Satellite Commences Construction at Boeing Satellite Systems | Kacific heads to New Zealand: ‘Land of the Long White Cloud’ | Kacific-1 Passes Critical Design Review – Moves Into Production Phase | NewSpace People: “No Company has Ever Targeted This Segment of The Market with a Realistic Value Proposition.” | Kacific Selects SpaceX to Provide Launch Service | Taking the Tour de Timor to the World via Kacific’s Satellite Connections | Kacific Places Order with Boeing for a High Throughput Satellite | Via Satellite: “Kacific Capacity More Than 70 Percent Presold on First Satellite” | Kacific’s First Operational Service – Connecting Rural Vanuatu to the World | “Beyond the Blue Continent” in SatMagazine | Kacific selects AV-Comm teleport for first satellite broadband service in the Pacific | SatelliteFinance reports on UK private investor stake in Kacific | UK Private Investor Takes US$20 Million Stake in Kacific | Kacific features in a Satellite Finance story | Kacific honoured with award for Best Potential in Asia | Kacific the ‘budget airline’ of the internet in rural Indonesia | Kacific and BigNet bring fast affordable broadband to all Indonesians | Pacific Wave Conference: connectivity key to economic growth and resilience | Tokelau selects Kacific to deliver high-speed broadband | Vanuatu government announces a new dawn in education | Kacific to bring fast broadband to Kiribati’s most remote islands | Kacific signs cooperation agreement supporting ITU’s affordable connectivity program for 11 Pacific countries | Kacific inks five year satellite broadband agreement with Solomon Telekom Company Limited | “Flying High” in August CommsDay | Tuvalu Telecommunications Corporation signs five year satellite broadband deal with Kacific | Kacific Features in SatMagazine’s June 2014 issue | Kacific offers Vanuatu Students a chance to “Touch the Sky” | Kacific satellite to provide faster, more affordable broadband to Pacific nations | Data demand drives opportunities for HTS satellites | Directing affordable broadband capacity to places where its most needed | ADB aims high – first ever ADB satellite financing expanding broadband access for millions | Kacific and Tata Communications Ink Global IP Connectivity and Cyber Security Deal | Vanuatu’s Telemedicine Initiative Continues to Save Lives In Remote Areas – Thanks to Affordable Broadband Internet Provided by Kacific | Christian Patouraux named Satellite Executive of the Year – APSCC | Kacific1 satellite arrives at SpaceX launch site in Cape Canaveral, Florida | Kacific1 Milestone: Boeing has shipped Kacific1 | Kacific Secures Infrastructure Location With Petro1 For Its Broadband Services To Indonesia And The Wider Region. | Chicago Booth Magazine Spotlights Cyril Annarella’s Success In Aerospace Feature | Winner of essay writing contest Mariah Nasak visits Boeing and SpaceX | Samoa’s Telecommunications Regulator Views Brand-New Kacific1 Satellite at Boeing Factory | L’Internet satellitaire à haut débit arrivera en Polynésie française au début 2020 | Agile Players Gravity and Kacific Bring Competition to Broadband Market | Kacific Taps ABS’ Ground Infrastructure for its Gateway Services to the Philippines and the Greater Pacific Region. | Kacific to Fly Vanuatu Student to Visit Space Factories | Kacific1 Milestones: Bus and Payload Integration Complete | Media Statement: Samoa’s Pacific Satellite Connectivity Project and Kacific | Pacific Satellite Connectivity Project – Samoa | Christian Shares Personal Journey With Salamander Magazine | Kacific Recognised for Best Digital Inclusion in the Pacific | INSEAD Alumni Gain Insight Into The Business Of Affordable Internet | Award-Winning Satellite Technology Driving Solutions to the Digital Divide | Interview with Philippines Airlines’ Mabuhay Magazine | Kacific1 Moves Into Final Phase Of Construction – On Track For 2019 Service | Tongan Government Signs Deal With Kacific for Remote Island Connectivity and Fibre back-up | Satellite’s Role In Relieving The Tonga Fibre Cut | Activations, Presentations and Party Time at PITA 2019 | Kacific CEO Talks with Telecom Times | Kacific Becomes a Full Member of GVF | Kacific Sponsors FICTAP 20th International Cable Congress | Meeting Data Demand in Pacific Townships | Kacific1 Milestones: Testing Begins | Tongan Fibre-Optic Cable Outage Relieved by Satellite | Kacific Awards Newtec Contract To Boost Affordable Broadband Services Across Asia-Pacific On Kacific1 | Kacific Lays Out Service Plans to Support Launch of Kacific1. Outlines Plans for Kacific2 | Philippines VIPs Mark Milestones in the Construction of Kacific Satellite at Boeing Factory | Kacific Accepts 2018 Better Satellite World Award | “Building a 4G LTE Network has Never Been Cheaper or Easier” Says Adrian Potter | New Zealand Sales Director Matteo Catanuto Speaks with NZ’s #1 Podcast | Senior Government Ministers and Public Servants Mark Milestone in Satellite Construction at Boeing Factory | Kacific Announced as Recipient of the 2018 Better Satellite World Award from Space & Satellite Professionals International | Connecting the World, Village by Village: Five Reasons Why Satellite is the Key | John Hawker Strengthens Kacific Sales Team, Leading Efforts Across Melanesia and the Pacific | Diversification in the Wave of Next-Generation Satellites | Kacific Appoints Matteo Catanuto to Head Sales in New Zealand and the Pacific | Kacific Selects Kratos to Build State-of-the-Art Multi-Site Gateways for Kacific-1 | Kacific appoints Brandon Seir to Head Broadband Marketing of Products as Satellite Launch Looms | Kacific Listed by Techcrunch Amongst Most-Funded New Private Satellite Companies Worldwide | Kacific and Gardamor to Connect Remote Health Clinics Throughout Timor-Leste | High Throughput, Low Cost – The Future Of Satellites In Asia Pacific | Kacific at PITA 2018: Accessibility Grows Micro Markets In The Pacific | Introducing GigStarter: Connect Your Connections | Vanuatu Flag Raised as Country’s First Commercial Satellite Commences Construction at Boeing Satellite Systems | Kacific heads to New Zealand: ‘Land of the Long White Cloud’ | Kacific-1 Passes Critical Design Review – Moves Into Production Phase | NewSpace People: “No Company has Ever Targeted This Segment of The Market with a Realistic Value Proposition.” | Kacific Selects SpaceX to Provide Launch Service | Taking the Tour de Timor to the World via Kacific’s Satellite Connections | Kacific Places Order with Boeing for a High Throughput Satellite | Via Satellite: “Kacific Capacity More Than 70 Percent Presold on First Satellite” | Kacific’s First Operational Service – Connecting Rural Vanuatu to the World | “Beyond the Blue Continent” in SatMagazine | Kacific selects AV-Comm teleport for first satellite broadband service in the Pacific | SatelliteFinance reports on UK private investor stake in Kacific | UK Private Investor Takes US$20 Million Stake in Kacific | Kacific features in a Satellite Finance story | Kacific honoured with award for Best Potential in Asia | Kacific the ‘budget airline’ of the internet in rural Indonesia | Kacific and BigNet bring fast affordable broadband to all Indonesians | Pacific Wave Conference: connectivity key to economic growth and resilience | Tokelau selects Kacific to deliver high-speed broadband | Vanuatu government announces a new dawn in education | Kacific to bring fast broadband to Kiribati’s most remote islands | Kacific signs cooperation agreement supporting ITU’s affordable connectivity program for 11 Pacific countries | Kacific inks five year satellite broadband agreement with Solomon Telekom Company Limited | “Flying High” in August CommsDay | Tuvalu Telecommunications Corporation signs five year satellite broadband deal with Kacific | Kacific Features in SatMagazine’s June 2014 issue | Kacific offers Vanuatu Students a chance to “Touch the Sky” | Kacific satellite to provide faster, more affordable broadband to Pacific nations | Data demand drives opportunities for HTS satellites |

Tongan Government Signs Deal With Kacific for Remote Island Connectivity and Fibre back-up

Apr 15 2019

Nadi, 15 April 2019Kacific Broadband Satellites Group (Kacific) has signed a fifteen-year agreement with Tonga Satellite Limited, a Tongan government company, to provide high speed broadband via satellite to the Pacific Island nation.

The bandwidth supplied by Kacific’s high throughput satellite, Kacific1, will be used to connect communities in 89 remote outer islands with high-quality internet – equivalent to that available in the main cities of Tonga. In the case of a fibre cable outage, similar to the one experienced over 12 days in January 2019, the satellite bandwidth can be redistributed and shared with Tonga’s main centres.

(L-R) Christian Patouraux, Kacific CEO and Honourable Dr Tevita Tui’Uata

“Kacific will provide a formidable platform to develop powerful e-government applications and ensure continuous improvement of these applications,” said Honourable Dr Tevita Tui’Uata, Minister for Commerce, Consumer, Trade, Innovation and Labour. “The Kacific system is uniquely designed for the rural and remote a

reas of our Pacific nations and beyond. It precisely meets the needs of Tonga to provide real universal access, finally completing full broadband access to all residents of Tonga, wherever they are.”

“This system also uniquely provides backup to avoid deep digital disruption as we have observed in our recent fibre cut. We have seen first-hand the responsiveness and efficiency of the Kacific operations in such an event. With this agreement we look forward to moving these operations to the new powerful and Pacific-focused Kacific1 satellite”

The bandwidth supplied by Kacific will be focused on government infrastructure such as hospitals, health clinics and dispensaries, primary and secondary schools, police stations and post offices. The bandwidth will also be used to support local businesses and foster the creation of new platforms for economic development, such as cooperative marketplaces promoted by Tongan government.

Christian Patouraux, CEO and founder of Kacific said, “Our satellite technology is remarkably effective in providing both low cost, accessible broadband to remote areas and fibre back-up for regional towns and cities. We are very pleased with this partnership with the Tongan Government which showcases how building infrastructure in rural areas can help provide urban areas with back-up connectivity options in case of fibre malfunction or natural disaster. Until now, rural areas were depending on urban centres to distribute their bandwidth to them. With Kacific’s solution for Tonga, urban centres need rural and remote areas in reciprocal cooperation to complete the urban infrastructure build up.”

In January 2019, the international fibre cable that connects Tonga’s capital Nukuʻalofa to high speed internet was severed, leaving most of Tonga’s people and organisations without access to the internet or international phone calls. During the 12 days in which the cable was repaired, satellite technology was used to provide bandwidth to the nation.

The Kingdom of Tonga is a Pacific Island nation with 36 inhabited islands of its 169 total islands. These stretch across approximately 800 kilometres of water. The population of just over 108,000 people, of which 82,000 are classified as living in rural areas, usually consume around 2.4 Gbps of broadband bandwidth.

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Media Contact

Allan Botica, Botica Butler Raudon Partners, allanb@botica.co.nz +64 21 400 500

About Kacific

Kacific Broadband Satellites Group is a satellite operator providing high-speed broadband for underserved, remote and rural markets with disseminated pockets of population. It addresses the gap in supply with specifically designed satellites using the latest multi-beam and high throughput space communications and ground technology transmitting over the Ka Band.

Using cost-effective technology and a lean business model, Kacific aims to provide better broadband quality at significantly less than current retail prices. Kacific broadband is fostering greater internet usage and fuelling economic growth and improvements in service delivery across covered regions. Its first Ka Band HTS deployment focuses on South East Asia and the Pacific.

Kacific’s headquarters are in Singapore with main operations out of Vanuatu.

For more information, visit www.kacific.com