Kacific Broadband Satellites International
Kacific is a next-generation broadband satellite operator delivering broadband to the Pacific and Southeast Asia, providing in many areas, affordable capacity for the first time. The company has built a digital platform and management ecosystem to provide satellite internet even to the most dispersed rural populations, allowing local service providers, telecom infrastructure providers, tourism industry leaders, local governments, regional aid programs and local companies to improve their operations and offer more services. Working through local partners, Kacific currently provides services in Fiji, East Timor, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, the Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Vanuatu, Tonga, Niue, Samoa, American Samoa and Tuvalu. Kacific-1, a new High Throughput Satellite nearing completion at Boeing, is a large payload embarked on a satellite platform shared between Kacific and Sky Perfect JSAT. When launched, the satellite will shortly be bringing significantly more capacity to these areas and is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2019. In advance of Kacific-1’s deployment, Kacific has begun service to their customers through leasing deals using existing satellite capacity in the Asia Pacific region. Once it is deployed, the company also intends to use Kacific-1 to expand its market to Nepal, Bangladesh, India, Bhutan, Myanmar, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, Micronesia, the Cook Islands, French Polynesia and New Caledonia by the end of 2019.
Kacific’s platform helps connect hospitals, clinics, schools, libraries, post offices, police stations and many other public institutions in rural areas where terrestrial broadband infrastructure is not an option. The company offers inexpensive, small and easy-to-maintain ground equipment and high-speed internet at wholesale prices to local service providers throughout the region, making such providers into partners and stakeholders in their areas’ futures. Connectivity in developing areas fosters better education and healthcare outcomes. Students in rural areas can now access more information and resources online, as well as build their own IT skills to make sure they keep pace with the evolving demands in tertiary education and the job market. High-speed broadband access provides rural and extra-urban medical facilities with critical information and communication capacities for emergency situations, using medical databases, logistics tools and live remote access to specialist doctors, allowing them to save more lives and maintain a better standard of healthcare overall. In a recent example, Kacific’s connectivity services, the only high-speed internet access available in the area, were used to coordinate a 10,000-person evacuation from Ambae Island in Vanuatu due to volcanic activity.