Kacific Broadband’s first communications satellite, Kacific1, has entered commercial service and is ready to support customers across the Asia-Pacific region, the company announced yesterday (9 March 2020). Since entering orbit in December, the high-throughput satellite has undergone tests and all its 56 spot beams are now operating at full capability, with over a hundred trial end-user sites deployed so far. Kacific engineers are training local engineers in the installation and maintenance of the satellite ground technology, and the company says that rapid rollout will continue in coming months connecting both new end users and those being transferred from provisional Ku-band services to Kacific1’s Ka-band services. Its press release says that Kacific’s high speed broadband services are available in the following countries via local telcos and ISPs:
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.