Satellite will lower PNG internet costs
Anew satellite is expected to lower internet costs in Papua New Guinea, particularly for in remote areas. The Kacific-1 satellite will operate on a new set of high frequencies that deliver a large amount of low-cost bandwidth to small and inexpensive antennas, says Christian Patouraux, chief executive officer of Singapore-based Kacific Broadband Satellites.
Using the nextgeneration of satellite, based on technologies that are already successfully operating in the US, Australia, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, Kacific expects to enter the Pacific market in 2019.
The company is called Kacific, as its satellites will use the Ka-band frequency, and was inspired by the need to bring better internet to the Pacific region, Patouraux tells Paradise.
“We think Kacific-1 will be of huge benefit to communities on PNG’s outer islands and in the Highlands, which are hard and costly to access using fixed line, cable and cellular communications infrastructure.
“With high-speed broadband internet, health clinics will be able to access expert doctors over video, schools will be able to access up-to-date online learning resources and learn vital IT skills, and small businesses will be able to reach new customers online.”
Patouraux expects small communities will share the internet service.
An antenna costs around $US300 and a user or household will spend from $US5-$US10 for three to six gigabytes of data, which Kacific estimates an end user or a household, sharing the antenna in a community, would use in a month.
Governments and telecommunications providers in three South-East Asian countries and 11 Pacific Island countries, including PNG, have signed up for Kacific’s services. ■
In orbit … a new satellite will bring better internet to the Pacific. (Image indicative, not actual satellite.)
Christian Patouraux … says the new satellite will be of huge benefit to PNG’s outer islands.