Plan for fast broadband via satellite for islands announced


<p style="text-align: justify;">A communications services provider last week announced plans to launch a Ka Band High Throughput Satellite (HTS) to provide enhanced broadband services to 40 million people in the Pacific including the Pacific islands, New Zealand, eastern Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.<!--more--></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">Kacific Broadband Satellites, a satellite operator developing a broadband offering, says it uses cost-effective technology and a lean business model to provide better broadband quality throughout the Pacific at significantly less than current retail prices. It uses a satellite specifically designed for this market and using the latest multi-beam and high throughput space communications technology transmitting over the Ka Band.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">It plans to provide satellite coverage to the majority of the island nations in Micronesia, Melanesia and Polynesia including the Solomon Islands, Western Samoa, American Samoa, Cook Islands, Tonga, Niue, Tokelau, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Northern Mariana, Vanuatu, Marshall Islands, Palau, Micronesia, Nauru, New Caledonia, Papua, Tuvalu, Wallis and Futuna and Guam.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">The total potential demand for bandwidth by Pacific island states is estimated to be 44 Gbps. But only 20 percent, or less than 10 Gbps, is being currently supplied. The Pacific has the highest internet pricing and the highest Skype call prices on earth, according to a company communiqué.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">Kacific will provide its broadband service via a payload co-hosted on a geostationary satellite. It will operate up to 48 beams, each providing coverage of 700km diameter and up to 400Mbps (duplex) throughput. Beams can be adapted to provide service to remote atolls with low populations without increasing the price of bandwidth in those locations, according to the company.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">“This will be the world's most geographically dispersed broadband satellite footprint,” says Kacific CEO Christian Patouraux. “Our aim is to create a high quality broadband network offering direct internet access to around 99 percent of the government agencies, institutions, businesses and people within the total footprint area.”</p>