Kacific Broadband Satellites Group (Kacific) in Tuvalu On July 2020 has signed a five-year agreement with the Government of Tuvalu to run the Pacific Island nation with high-speed broadband internet connectivity via satellite. The bandwidth, provided by Kacific’s high-throughput satellite Kacific1, will unite agencies, businesses, and communities across Tuvalu’s nine islands with high-quality internet.
Under the agreement, Tuvalu, through the Ministry of Justice, Communication and Foreign Affairs, will take all obtainable capacity – a total commitment of 150MHz – from the dedicated high-throughput beam Kacific has set over Tuvalu’s Exclusive Economic Zone. This will give Tuvalu extraordinary volume and flexibility for communications and create a speedy step change in internet availability and affordability for the nation’s citizens.
Tuvalu is a Pacific Island nation with a population of around 11,192. It encompasses three reef islands and six atolls and has a total land area of 26 square kilometers, making it one of the world’s smallest nations in terms of land territory. It is vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, and the sea level at the tide gauge for the capital island Funafuti has risen at 3.9 mm per year, which is approximately twice the global average. Tuvalu is also affected by El Niño and La Niña weather systems.