CEO, Kacific Broadband Satellites
Christian Patouraux is a satellite veteran, with almost 20 years’ experience in the industry. Prior to founding Kacific in 2013 he developed satellite offerings for new markets in Asia Pacific as head of special projects for MEASAT. Before that he was Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer at O3b Networks, where his work contributed to raise US$1.2 Billion.
Prior to that he spent 15 years with SES, initially as a satellite engineer, then as an independent business development consultant, playing key roles in launching its satellite broadband businesses, implementing large teleports, deploying airline and maritime broadband and developing satellite multi-play and IPTV businesses.
Christian is a citizen of France and Belgium, and a permanent resident of Singapore and Australia. He holds a Master of Engineering from the Polytechnic school at the University of Brussels, a Master in Aeronautics / Turbomachinery from the Von Karman Institute, Belgium and an MBA from Insead.
Topical Session 10: Satellite
Wednesday, 20 January 2016
While people in densely populated centres can look forward to Gigabits from fibre and specialized satellite trunking networks, those in remote and sparsely populated Pacific islands will struggle to connect. These nations have small, highly disseminated populations and low to medium GDP per capita. An estimated 3.5 million people in the Pacific Islands do not have access to telecommunications and ICT networks of any kind. And, when connectivity is available, its price is not affordable for most end users. Bandwidth in abundance is not part of these nations’ experience, it is a moment that islanders have not experienced. Yet, with climate change looming and globalization, they require more than ever affordable, accessible everywhere, high quality bandwidth for economic development, education, healthcare e-government and disaster recovery. Why has the telecommunications disruption not reached the Pacific?
The real innovation is not about new technology, it is about driving costs down with an efficient introduction of technology. To meet the needs of all remote and isolated communities in Pacific nations, connectivity solutions must be island-adapted, employing frugal technologies and providing affordable bandwidth to stimulate demand to support a business case for all stakeholders.
At Kacific, we have tailored a GEO solution to sustainably achieve this objective. We strongly believe that legacy satellite solutions, and new global constellations all have their regional and global customers. However they fail to focus on easy access and low-cost bandwidth, the primary drivers to unlock the potential of telecoms in the islands. And Kacific is coming soon to market, proving that GEO high-throughput satellites are delivering their promise. Real, impactful innovation is on its way and there will be no turning back.