Kacific Broadband Satellites
Kacific Broadband Satellites is a satellite operator developing a high-speed broadband internet service for the South East Asian region with a special focus on the Pacific. Its Ka-band HTS satellite, Kacific1, is designed and built by Boeing and will launch into geostationary orbit atop a SpaceX Falcon9 launch vehicle in the second half of 2019.
Kacific is the brainchild of Christian Patouraux, also CEO, who founded the company in 2013. In its first months, to raise capital and develop the business plan, the company attracted Mark Rigolle and Cyril Annarella, who became co-founders. The company is registered in Vanuatu.
In December 2013, Kacific announced its intention to launch Kacific1. This Ka-band high throughput satellite (HTS) placed in geostationary orbit will provide high speed internet to the Pacific region and South East Asia.
Designed and manufactured by Boeing, the Kacific1 HTS satellite is based on the 702 satellite platform. It is currently under construction at the Boeing satellite factory in California. Kacific will offer direct internet access, via wholesale channels, to government agencies, institutions, businesses, community groups and households within the satellite's total footprint area following the launch of the satellite in the second half of 2019.
In June 2014, Kacific signed a five-year agreement with Tuvalu Telecommunications Corporation (TTC) to provide high speed internet bandwidth to TTC and the people of Tuvalu. In August of the same year, Solomon Telekom Company Limited (Our Telekom) signed a five-year agreement with Kacific to deliver high-speed broadband to the people of the Solomon Islands.
In September 2014, Kacific signed a cooperation agreement with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) for the development of satellite communications capacity and emergency communications solutions for the Pacific region.
In June 2016, Kacific began an interim service, providing a high-speed broadband internet connection to the rural Lambubu area on Malekula Island, Vanuatu from a Ku-band satellite.
In February 2017, Kacific announced that The Boeing Company will design and manufacture Kacific-1, its first satellite based on the 702 satellite platform.
In September 2018, Kacific selected Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. to manufacture and install its teleport radio-frequency equipment.
Affiliations and Membership
The Kacific1 satellite will use spot beams to place capacity over regions within Asia Pacific. Countries with areas under spot beam coverage include: American Samoa, Bhutan, Brunei, Cook Islands, East Timor, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Indonesia, Kiribati, Malaysia, Micronesia, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Niue, Northern Mariana, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu.
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