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 | 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 | 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 |

Technology

TECHNOLOGY

KACIFIC1 HIGH THROUGHPUT SATELLITE

Kacific1 is a next-generation geostationary satellite operating in the
Ka-band frequency spectrum. The satellite will launch in late 2019
and stream low-cost, high-speed, reliable, and stable satellite
broadband via 56 powerful spot beams. Wide reaching coverage will
extend over 25 countries in Asia Pacific with populations spread
across their many islands, mountainous and rural regions. Utilising
advanced ground segment technologies, Kacific1 will deliver fast
internet speeds with a robust quality of service on a small user
terminals at a jaw dropping price per month.

MANUFACTURED BY BOEING. LAUNCHED BY SPACEX

Designed and built by Boeing, the Kacific1 payload is supported by the
reliable 702 MP platform. Kacific1 will launch atop a two-stage
SpaceX Falcon9 rocket, which will ultimately bring Kacific1 into
geostationary orbit.

Kacific and SKY Perfect JSAT share the cost of the satellite platform
in a condominium arrangement. This platform supports the Kacific1
payload and a payload of SKY Perfect JSAT, which allows both parties
to realise efficiencies in manufacturing and launch costs.

Kacific1’s coverage was designed with additional capacity expansion
in mind. By launching other follow-on satellites into different orbital
positions, Kacific will be able to provide additional capacity in the
Kacific1 coverage areas requiring more, as well as increase the total
coverage area.

HIGH THROUGHPUT

Kacific1 is a High Throughput Satellite (HTS) because it reuses the
same spectrum (frequencies) multiple times in the 56 spot beams.
This stands in contrast to traditional FSS satellites with wide area
beams that can use the spectrum only once. In a sense, an HTS is
similar to a mobile cellular system that reuses frequencies between
cells. Consequently, the total HTS throughput is much higher than an
FSS satellite resulting in greater spectral efficiency and therefore
lower cost per bandwidth. Modern technologies such as adaptive
coding and modulation (ACM), signal pre-distortion and uplink power
control are used to increase the throughput and overall availability,
and, ultimately, improve the quality of service and user experience.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

  • 56 high throughput spot beams
  • Delivering up to 60 Gbps of broadband capacity
  • 550 to 600 ms latency
  • Ka-band system
  • Geostationary orbit
  • 6,800 kg at launch
  • 13 kw of electric power

KA-BAND

Kacific1 uses Ka-band technology and spectrum. Because the
satellite antennas concentrate the spot beams for frequency reuse,
the resulting beams are also high power – resulting in availabilities
between 99.1% and 99.9% (depending on the location of the service
and the size of the user antenna). Such availabilities are entirely
suitable for internet services and in many places exceed the
availability of terrestrial networks or even mobile networks.

GEOSTATIONARY

Kacific1 is a geostationary satellite, orbiting at 35,786km above the
equator. Satellites placed in the geostationary orbit offer a very stable
and consistent service and user experience. The signal of a
geostationary satellite always comes from the same location in the
sky and therefore only requires a simple antenna, with no moving
parts for reception and transmission.

The signal acquisition does not require any complicated terminal
handover from one satellite to another, as is the case with satellite
constellations using lower orbits. These constellations require
tracking of moving satellites by ground terminal, which can lead to
service issues such as temporary blockages due to landscape and
failures of tracking mechanisms. The handover process from one
satellite in the constellation to the next introduces a source of
instability that is absent in a geostationary satellite system.

Geostationary satellite latency is suitable for nearly all regular
internet usage, such as video streaming, voice calls over IP, general
browsing and even for distribution via 3G or 4G networks.
Geostationary satellites have been used for decades and are still the
most efficient and cost-effective way to deliver telecommunication
signals from space. The addition of powerful HTS technologies
tremendously enhances the ability of geostationary satellites to
deliver high-speed internet.

GROUND INFRASTRUCTURE

The three Kacific gateways will use equipment from top tier
companies to ensure that operations are efficient and reliable.

Kacific contracted industry leader Kratos Defence and Security
Solutions to design, build and commission the large 9-metre
antennas and radio frequency equipment. These state-of-the -art
gateways will be located in Australia, Philippines and Indonesia, with
the latter two locations using a site diversity arrangement to allow for
the best uplink availability possible. All gateway locations will be
controlled from Kacific’s centralised network operations centre (NOC)
in Singapore.

LOCAL PARTNER TERMINALS

Most Kacific customers will receive and transmit data using a 1.2m
terminal. However in some instances, 75cm and 1.8m antenna
terminals will be deployed, depending on the exact location and
service required. Trunking services in some locations may be
available using up to 4.5m antennas.

Managed shared bandwidth services and dedicated bandwidth
pooling services are offered on 75cm to 1.2m Very Small Aperture
Terminals (VSAT). These small terminals offer speeds up to 200Mbps
with low dc power consumption, which means they can be operated
on low-cost solar power systems. These VSATs are small enough to
be transported by car, local boats, small aircraft and even on foot.

Traffic for our highest bandwidth products, such as trunking and
enterprise connectivity, will be accessed by antennas from 2.4m to
4.5m in diameter.

AFFORDABLE CONNECTIVITY

Combining a next-generation satellite with a
lean business model and affordable ground
technology, Kacific can provide connectivity
at a very low cost.

HIGH-SPEED BANDWIDTH

Targeted beams deliver high throughput
capacity that is strengthened by
custom-built gateway technology and
ground systems, resulting in fast end-user
speeds and more resilient links.

ACCESSIBLE ANYWHERE

Satellite technology offers high-quality
communication networks without limits –
every mountain, every island, every
community.

TECHNOLOGY

KACIFIC1 HIGH THROUGHPUT SATELLITE

Kacific1 is a next-generation geostationary satellite operating in the Ka-band frequency spectrum. The satellite will launch in late 2019 and stream low-cost, high-speed, reliable, and stable satellite broadband via 56 powerful spot beams. Wide reaching coverage will extend over 25 countries in Asia Pacific with populations spread across their many islands, mountainous and rural regions. Utilising advanced ground segment technologies, Kacific1 will deliver fast internet speeds with a robust quality of service on a small user terminals at a jaw dropping price per month.

MANUFACTURED BY BOEING. LAUNCHED BY SPACEX

Designed and built by Boeing, the Kacific1 payload is supported by the reliable 702 MP platform. Kacific1 will launch atop a two-stage SpaceX Falcon9 rocket, which will ultimately bring Kacific1 into geostationary orbit.

Kacific and SKY Perfect JSAT share the cost of the satellite platform in a condominium arrangement. This platform supports the Kacific1 payload and a payload of SKY Perfect JSAT, which allows both parties to realise efficiencies in manufacturing and launch costs.

Kacific1’s coverage was designed with additional capacity expansion in mind. By launching other follow-on satellites into different orbital positions, Kacific will be able to provide additional capacity in the Kacific1 coverage areas requiring more, as well as increase the total coverage area.

HIGH THROUGHPUT

Kacific1 is a High Throughput Satellite (HTS) because it reuses the same spectrum (frequencies) multiple times in the 56 spot beams. This stands in contrast to traditional FSS satellites with wide area beams that can use the spectrum only once. In a sense, an HTS is similar to a mobile cellular system that reuses frequencies between cells. Consequently, the total HTS throughput is much higher than an FSS satellite resulting in greater spectral efficiency and therefore lower cost per bandwidth. Modern technologies such as adaptive coding and modulation (ACM), signal pre-distortion and uplink power control are used to increase the throughput and overall availability, and, ultimately, improve the quality of service and user experience.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

  • 56 high throughput spot beams
  • Delivering up to 60 Gbps of broadband capacity
  • 550 to 600 ms latency
  • Ka-band system
  • Geostationary orbit
  • 6,800 kg at launch
  • 13 kw of electric power

KA-BAND

Kacific1 uses Ka-band technology and spectrum. Because the satellite antennas concentrate the spot beams for frequency reuse, the resulting beams are also high power – resulting in availabilities between 99.1% and 99.9% (depending on the location of the service and the size of the user antenna). Such availabilities are entirely suitable for internet services and in many places exceed the availability of terrestrial networks or even mobile networks.

GEOSTATIONARY

Kacific1 is a geostationary satellite, orbiting at 35,786km above the equator. Satellites placed in the geostationary orbit offer a very stable and consistent service and user experience. The signal of a geostationary satellite always comes from the same location in the sky and therefore only requires a simple antenna, with no moving parts for reception and transmission.

The signal acquisition does not require any complicated terminal handover from one satellite to another, as is the case with satellite constellations using lower orbits. These constellations require tracking of moving satellites by ground terminal, which can lead to service issues such as temporary blockages due to landscape and failures of tracking mechanisms. The handover process from one satellite in the constellation to the next introduces a source of instability that is absent in a geostationary satellite system.

Geostationary satellite latency is suitable for nearly all regular internet usage, such as video streaming, voice calls over IP, general browsing and even for distribution via 3G or 4G networks. Geostationary satellites have been used for decades and are still the most efficient and cost-effective way to deliver telecommunication signals from space. The addition of powerful HTS technologies tremendously enhances the ability of geostationary satellites to deliver high-speed internet.



GROUND INFRASTRUCTURE

The three Kacific gateways will use equipment from top tier companies to ensure that operations are efficient and reliable.

Kacific contracted industry leader Kratos Defence and Security Solutions to design, build and commission the large 9-metre antennas and radio frequency equipment. These state-of-the -art gateways will be located in Australia, Philippines and Indonesia, with the latter two locations using a site diversity arrangement to allow for the best uplink availability possible. All gateway locations will be controlled from Kacific’s centralised network operations centre (NOC) in Singapore.

LOCAL PARTNER TERMINALS

Most Kacific customers will receive and transmit data using a 1.2m terminal. However in some instances, 75cm and 1.8m antenna terminals will be deployed, depending on the exact location and service required. Trunking services in some locations may be available using up to 4.5m antennas.

Managed shared bandwidth services and dedicated bandwidth pooling services are offered on 75cm to 1.2m Very Small Aperture Terminals (VSAT). These small terminals offer speeds up to 200Mbps with low dc power consumption, which means they can be operated on low-cost solar power systems. These VSATs are small enough to be transported by car, local boats, small aircraft and even on foot.

Traffic for our highest bandwidth products, such as trunking and enterprise connectivity, will be accessed by antennas from 2.4m to 4.5m in diameter.

AFFORDABLE CONNECTIVITY

Combining a next-generation satellite with a lean business model and affordable ground technology, Kacific can provide connectivity at a very low cost.

HIGH-SPEED BANDWIDTH

Targeted beams deliver high throughput capacity that is strengthened by custom-built gateway technology and ground systems, resulting in fast end-user speeds and more resilient links.

ACCESSIBLE ANYWHERE

Satellite technology offers high-quality communication networks without limits – every mountain, every island, every community.