More than 2 billion people in the Asia-Pacific region do not have access to the Internet. Most of these people live in areas that are often too expensive to connect to fiber coverage, as their rural locations usually mean insufficient population density to justify the cost of deploying fiber.
This constitutes a crucial limiting factor for the social and economic development of a community. As evidenced by the digital transformation experiences of other regions, greater data connectivity enables digitization and efficiency in the distribution of products and services, which entails socio-economic transformations and the disruption of traditional industries.
Moreover, these rural communities represent a huge market – Asia-Pacific generates most of its wealth from primary industries (i.e. mining, plantations, oil and gas), which come from these rural areas. Yet the drivers of these economies are not covered by Internet access.
Kacific Broadband Satellites Ltd. sees the opportunity to solve the endemic lack of affordable high-speed Internet services in underserved areas of the Asia-Pacific region by combining the latest satellite technologies in the world with an innovative business model. The company’s goals and vision led to the launch of its very first satellite, the Kacific1.
Thanks to the high-frequency KA band and the satellite’s high-throughput satellite solution, the company is able to reuse the same spectrum many times over 56 beams, resulting in higher throughputs than high-speed satellites. more traditional low spectrum wide beams. This has led to greater spectral efficiency and cost savings, reducing the price per GB by around 50% or more depending on location. Kacific has also designed its system to require only small and affordable satellite dishes, thereby reducing installation costs for its end users.
Kacific’s work to make the Internet more accessible to lagging regions can only accelerate socio-economic developments. Proof of this is the ongoing infrastructure projects in rural villages in West Sumatra, Indonesia, where infrastructure deployment is more efficient. Through Kacific’s partnership with PT Akses Satu Nusantara, the company was able to make the internet more accessible at a much lower cost. “Kacific and PT Akses Satu Nusantara’s Ka-band service supports the development of local villages and businesses and makes us more effective on the ground,” said Pak Asmon Rialdi, President of the Institute of Construction Analysis for the Internet network in Indonesia.
The Kacific1 is the first of many satellites that Kacific will launch. The imminent launch of the Kacific 2 will provide 3.5 times more bandwidth allocation than the Kacific 1.
Kacific also revealed that the launch of additional satellites is already underway, with a total of seven satellites reaching the world by the end of the decade. The company estimates that once all of its satellites are in place, it will be able to serve hundreds of millions of people living in extra-urban areas, rural areas, remote areas, islands and highlands.