On August 11 with the collaboration with Space Link and Everest Link, Kacific formally inaugurated its KA-band-based broadband satellite internet service in Nepal.
Let’s know more about its internet service in Nepal.
What is Kacific?
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. For More: Kacific | Faster Internet for Rural Nepal
What is Kacific Satellite?
Currently serving a total of 25 countries in South East Asia and the Pacific territory via their 56 satellite spot beams. The company launched its first Ka-band geostationary high throughput satellite (HTS) back in December 2019 known as Kacific1.
Kacific1 is a high-throughput satellite (HTS) built by aerospace company Boeing. Kacific1 is a cinch the underserved rural and suburban areas of Nepal. Kacific services foster greater internet usage, fueling economic growth and improvements in service delivery across the regions covered.
NTA (Nepal Telecommunications Authority) approved the Ka-band spectrum (19.7 – 21.2 GHz downlink, 29.5 – 31 GHz uplink) 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.
Though in contrast as per Nepali regulations, international satellite internet providers can’t directly offer their services [accordingly it has to route via an NSP (Network Service Provider) and an ISP (Internet Service Provider)]
Kacific Internet Service Started its service in Nepal
Kacific has teamed with Everest Link (ISP) since a licensed NSP isn’t allowed to provide internet services to the end customer either. However, Kacific clarified that other ISP or NSPs could also collaborate with the company to extend its services in Nepal if required.
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.
Since then the company has completed its final stages of testing, and commerce its services in Nepal as well.
Note: Kacific also conducted a live video feed demo and speed test demo of the Gigstarter 10 User plan during the event, with the following results:
Download: 59.79 Mbps
Upload: 9.28 Mbps
Ping: 659 ms
Kacific Internet Service Prices in Nepal
It does come in high-end prices because of the satellite internet service which is no match for fiber-based internet. It comes with seven subscriptions for satellite internet service in Nepal:
|Gigstarter||Download speed||Upload speed||Monthly cost||One-time terminal fee|
|Simple||3 Mbps||3 Mbps||Rs. 17,610||Rs. 88,140|
|Everyday||15 Mbps||10 Mbps||Rs. 25,415||”|
|4 User||30 Mbps||10 Mbps||Rs. 31,950||”|
|7 User||50 Mbps||15 Mbps||Rs. 75,034|
|10 User||60 Mbps||20 Mbps||Rs. 108,921||”|
|25 User||70 Mbps||20 Mbps||Rs. 278,353||”|
|60 User||100 Mbps||20 Mbps||Rs. 550,655||Free|
On the side, its one-time installation cost is expensive too. The 1.2 meters satellite dish alone costs Rs. 88,140 for the Simple to 4 User plan. While the VSAT terminal is free of charge on the top-end Gigstarter 60 User package, it costs Rs. 159,100 for the remaining plans. (currently offering in Rs. 88,140.
According to Company, the offers are for only a handful of clients on a first-come-first-serve basis. Other charges like MDM2010 satellite modem, transportation, etc.
Moreover, the satellite dish is non-returnable although you do get a 1-year warranty.
The Kacific service is mostly suited for government offices, hospitals, communities, corporations and business houses, and such. By now it’s clear that Kacific satellite internet service is out of reach for many Nepali households.
It is expensive as expected but there is another way to minimize the cost to a certain degree, which means you have to enroll in Kacific Authorized Distributor (KAD) program.
Kacific Authorized Distributor (KAD) program: Individuals or businesses can earn up to Rs. 45,000 by signing up a new customer including the responsibility of installing network equipment to the customer’s location and making sure that the customer renews their subscription.
To sum up, regardless Kacific finally enables high-speed internet services in Nepal (remote and other geographically challenged).
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