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Kacific 1 satellite to boost Asia Pacific's internet access

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A satellite that is set to improve Asia Pacific's internet state, including the Philippines, has been launched into space recently. 
Photo from: Kacific

Satellite launched into space

According to the Asian Development Bank (ADB), SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket launched the satellite from Cape Canaveral in Florida. Dubbed as Kacific1 satellite, it is programmed to orbit above the region for 15 years. 

ADB said the satellite promises "to deliver the most powerful signal ever achieved by a commercial satellite in the region."

This could also promote cheaper and expanded broadband access to consumers, particularly those residing in remote areas as fiber optics could not usually reach rural communities.

Kacific1 will cover these communities in Pacific island-nations and in archipelagic countries like Indonesia and the Philippines, ADB said. 

ADB previously inked a deal with Kacific to provide satellite financing amounting to USD 50 million. The Japanese government through the Japan International Cooperation Agency has committed to support the program.

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 Surtani, infrastructure finance division director for Southeast Asia, East Asia and the Pacific at the ADB’s private sector operations department.
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