Kacific | Faster Internet for Rural Nepal

Sushmita Shrestha

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The next-generation broadband satellite operator, Kacific. That provides affordable, high-speed broadband access to the Asia Pacific through their latest multi-beam space communications and ground technology.

It has successfully expanded its services to Nepal. In December 2021, Kacific Broadband Satellite Group has successfully tested a Ka-band terminal in Nepal through their Kacific1 satellite while measuring and completing its first WhatsApp call. The test achieved speeds of 80 Mbps down and 16 Mbps up.

NTA (Nepal Telecommunications Authority) approved the Ka-band spectrum in Nepal earlier this year. NTA says that it is expected for all regions in the country to benefit from faster internet at affordable rates as businesses, communities, and government agencies within Nepal would be able to access services from Kacific1.

Kacific Satellite
Kacific Satellite

Kacific1 is a high-throughput satellite (HTS) built by aerospace company Boeing. Kacific1 is able to reach the underserved rural and suburban areas of Nepal. Kacific services foster greater internet usage, fuelling economic growth and improvements in service delivery across the regions covered.

After the successful test of the WhatsApp call with the Regional Director, Dhan Gurung, CEO Christian Patouraux said:

“This is a milestone event for Nepalese people. The combination of difficult terrain and low population density means that Nepal faces more difficult challenges than most nations in providing many different types of infrastructure. Fortunately, connectivity, which is widely recognized as a fundamental enabler for the construction of all other infrastructure as well as the provision of many other services, can be readily addressed using satellite technology.

Because the Kacific1 satellite already covers Nepal, we can rapidly increase the take-up rate for broadband. To reach people in remote areas, all that has to happen is for a qualified installer to set up a small 1.2-meter diameter dish, point it at the sky, and then a school a clinic, a local authority, business, or community can access everything on the internet.”

It does not provide the service directly to the end consumer. It offers the service through network service providers (NSP) and internet service providers (ISP).

Kacific Gigstarter plans will be offered in partnership with Spacelink with 7 unlimited plan options. The flagship plans offer speeds of up to 40 Mbps (30 Mbps download speed, 10 Mbps upload speed) with prices from NPR 31,950 pre-month.

The plans will come with the MDM2010 satellite modem, a two-way, high-throughput satellite modem, and the VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal), a compact and simple-to-install satellite communication system. However, the user must pay a set amount up front for the installation, system, and device.

For more information, visit Kacific.

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