Kacific1 as it orbits Asia and the Pacific (artist's impression)
Kacific1 as it orbits Asia and the Pacific (artist's impression)

Kacific1 satellite launch to bring affordable internet to remote parts of Asia and Pacific

ANI | Updated: Dec 17, 2019 15:41 IST

Cape Canaveral (Florida) [USA], Dec 17 (ANI): Kacific Broadband Satellites International Ltd has launched the Kacific1 satellite to expand high-speed broadband internet access across Asia and the Pacific.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) provided 50 million dollars in financing to Kacific for the satellite to deliver internet that will enable better education and health services, improve access to information, and drive more trade and connectivity between countries.
Kacific1, launched by SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral will orbit in the same location above Asia and the Pacific region during its estimated 15-year service life.
"The satellite will be able to deliver the most powerful signal ever achieved by a commercial satellite in the region, providing affordable broadband access to people in remote regions, many of whom have never had internet connectivity before," ADB said in a statement on Tuesday.
Remote and rural communities are typically beyond the reach of traditional fibre optics as terrestrial distribution and infrastructure take time to build and is expensive. Kacific1 will cover these communities in Pacific island nations and in archipelagic countries like Indonesia and the Philippines.
The satellite will also have beams over south Asia, New Zealand, and Papua New Guinea.
"Satellite internet services, like those that will be provided by Kacific1, are very effective in reaching the last mile of internet access, connecting remote areas that would otherwise remain isolated and lacking crucial services that can improve livelihoods and incomes," said Jackie B Surtani, Infrastructure Finance Division Director for southeast Asia, east Asia and the Pacific at ADB's Private Sector Operations Department.
"Information and communications connectivity are powerful tools in fighting poverty through better education, health care, and disaster resilience. ADB sees these innovative technologies as vital channels bringing inclusive development to the most remote corners of our region," he said.
Access to broadband internet can accelerate progress towards realising the Sustainable Development Goals. It also helps ADB to meet operational priorities such as human development and social inclusion, improved education, better health access, gender equality and food security.
This project can assist in climate adaptation and disaster resilience as well as climate-smart agricultural practices, ADB said.