Kacific Broadband Satellites has signed a cooperation agreement with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) for the development of satellite communications capacity and emergency communications solutions across the Pacific region. The project will establish 55 fully equipped e-centres to service communities in remote islands or rural areas in Kiribati, the Federated States of Micronesia, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Fiji, the Marshall Islands, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Nauru and Tonga.
Kacific has pledged to donate a total of 50Mbps of dedicated bandwidth for a full year to the eleven Pacific Island nations, complemented by 40 terminals. The total value of the donation is in excess of USD380,000. The ITU, as the implementing UN agency, will carry out the project in cooperation with the International Telecommunication Satellite Organisation (ITSO), Kacific and the other implementation partners. The ITU is providing seed funding of USD500,000 and ITSO is providing USD100,000 for capacity building.
Kacific CEO Christian Patouraux commented: ‘The Pacific is in dire need of resilient connectivity. This project will provide a cost-effective, universally accessible national broadband service to multi-island nations where other technologies have struggled. Under this agreement, internet connectivity enabled by Kacific will become affordable, sustainable, reliable, low maintenance, solar powered and always-on. This project is a game-changer for affordable connectivity in the Pacific.’