Boeing’s Kacific One satellite will launch mid-December to provide high-quality, low-cost broadband access in several locations across the Pacific.
Next month, the Kacific Broadband Satellites Group plans to launch a satellite from the SpaceX launch site in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The next-generation Ka-band satellite will stream broadband to 25 nations in Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands, including the Federated States of Micronesia and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
In an interview with PNC, Christian Patouraux, Kacific CEO, said they want to provide high speed, affordable and accessible internet to extra-urban, rural and remote users.
Patourax saw a critical, unmet need in the Asia-Pacific region, where high prices and unsuitable technology were prohibiting access.
“The goal of Kacific is to use these satellites —or rather our first satellite — we have plans for more in the future — to provide internet mainly to extra-urban, rural, provincial areas, remote areas that don’t have the right infrastructure, oftentimes not the right level of population density,” Patouraux said.
Patouraux also shared the positive impacts of the expanded broadband service for the FSM and the other islands in the region. He said the Kacific system will be particularly appealing to the needs of health and education departments in provinces and villages.
Furthermore, satellite broadband access provides critical communications channels to a region prone to natural disaster such as tropical storms, earthquakes, and tsunamis.
“The difference that we are making are in different layers. The first difference is the fundamental one. Which is about saving lives. That is about connecting healthcare in remote clinics and remote dispensaries. As well as providing resiliency against disasters,” Patouraux said.
According to Kacific, the Kacific One communications satellite has arrived at the SpaceX facilities where it will be launched atop a Falcon 9 rocket to geostationary orbit.