Kacific1 goes live bringing broadband internet to millions in Asia-Pacific

Kacific1 goes live bringing broadband internet to millions in Asia-Pacific
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The recently launched Kacific1 communications satellite designed to deliver broadband internet to some 600 million people across the Asia-Pacific has commenced commercial operation.

Kacific-1's footprint potentially covers billions of people
Kacific1’s footprint potentially covers billions of people Kacific Broadband Satellites International

In a media release issued Monday (March 9) Singapore-based Kacific Broadband Satellites Group (Kacific), said that its Boeing-built High Throughput Satellite (HTS) communications satellite had attained stable orbit and completed testing. All 56 spot beams are now operating with full capability from the 150E orbital position, it said.

Carried into orbit aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in the US state of Florida last December 16, Kacific1 is a high-throughput, ka-band satellite.

Its footprint in the Asia-Pacific extends from Nepal and Bhutan to New Zealand, taking in a host of small island nations in the process.

Supported by a $50 million loan from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Kacific1 is expected to significantly improve communications throughout the Asia-Pacific region, particularly during emergencies and times of disaster when terrestrial networks might be damaged.

The ADB also expects the satellite to significantly boost access to education, reduce rural–urban development gaps, and enhance trade and connectivity.

Huge potential

“From the early design and through the construction phases, we knew that Kacific1 would provide the Asia-Pacific region with cost-effective technology to transform lives and businesses with the best broadband available to remote areas”, said Bob Perpall, chief technology officer at Kacific, adding, “Now, with the in-orbit tests completed, we can realise this huge potential.

A 4.5m Kacific1 antenna installed in Timor-Leste
A 4.5m Kacific1 antenna installed in Timor-Leste Kacific Broadband Satellites International

“In the two months since the launch, we’ve rolled out over a hundred trial sites across Asia and the 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”, Mr Purcell added.

Kacific says that its specialists are currently training and upskilling local engineers in the installation and maintenance of the satellite ground technology.

Over the next several months it said those living under the satellites footprint will see a rapid rollout with new user connections and existing customers transferred from the provisional Ku-band network to Kacific1’s ka-band services.

Countries covered by Kacific1’s footprint in the Pacific are: American Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Kiribati, Micronesia, New Zealand, Niue, Northern Mariana, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu. In Asia Kacific1 reaches: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Timor-Leste, and Southern Thailand.

 

 

Feature photo Kacific Broadband Satellites International

 

 

Related:

  • Kacific1 Broadband Services start across Asia Pacific (Telecompaper)
  • ADB stumps up $50 mln to help Kacific-1 bring internet to billions in AP (AEC News Today)
  • Watch SpaceX launch Kacific1 into orbit to bring internet to mlns in the AP (video)) (AEC News Today)

 

 

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Stella-maris Ewudolu

Journalist at AEC News Today

Stella-maris graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Education from Ebonyi State University, Nigeria in 2005.

Between November 2010 and February 2012 she was a staff writer at Daylight Online, Nigeria writing on health, fashion, and relationships. From 2010 – 2017 she worked as a freelance screen writer for ‘Nollywood’, Nigeria.

She joined AEC News Today in December 2016.

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