Boeing’s Kacific communications satellite now ready to serve the region

(Photo courtesy of Kacific)

The Kacific1 communications satellite has entered commercial service and is ready to support customers across the Asia-Pacific region.

Designed and manufactured by Boeing, Kacific1 is a high-throughput, Ka-band satellite which launched on Dec 16, 2019 from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

“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. Now with the in-orbit tests completed, we can realize this huge potential,” said Bob Perpall, Chief Technology Officer, Kacific.

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

Kacific engineers are upskilling local engineers in the installation and maintenance of the satellite ground technology. The rapid rollout will continue in the coming months connecting both new end users and those being transferred from the provisional Ku-band network to Kacific1’s Ka-band services.

Kacific’s affordable, high-speed broadband services are available in these countries through local telecommunications and internet service providers:

Pacific: American Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Kiribati, Micronesia, New Zealand, Niue, Northern Mariana, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu.

Asia: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Timor-Leste, and Southern Thailand.