Oct 18 2023

Kacific and PhilTower Consortium Inc. Forge Strategic Alliance to Revolutionise Philippines’ Digital Infrastructure

Manila and Singapore, 20 October 2023 – PhilTower Consortium Inc., has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Kacific to provide Mobile Backhaul, Fiber Backup, and connectivity as a service. This collaboration between the Philippines’s leading telecommunication tower company and Asia Pacific’s largest broadband satellite operator marks a significant step towards advancing the country’s digital transformation and revolutionising the telecommunications landscape.

By signing this MoU, Kacific and PhilTower will work together to accelerate the expansion of critical digital networks and significantly improve network availability across the Philippines.

Using powerful Ka-band satellite technology, Kacific offers a broad portfolio of services that empower telecom operators’ growth and expansion.

    • Kacific Mobile Backhaul allows operators to meet coverage demand in remote areas and data demand in congested urban areas. Operators can flexibly share bandwidth between sites, ensuring they can adapt to changing needs.
    • Kacific Fiber Backup is a game-changer for telecom operators, government agencies and large enterprises that need to stay connected 24-7, helping them avoid costly service outages and protecting their networks with a secure, reliable backup solution.

In today’s landscape, the availability and accessibility of fibre-optic networks remain inconsistent, with 70% of barangays in the Philippines lacking access to fibre-optic cables. Kacific is at the forefront of bridging these connectivity gaps. By leveraging Kacific connectivity at PhilTower sites, telecom operators can substantially improve the availability and reliability in their network connections.

Kacific – dedicated to supporting governments’ connectivity initiatives
Kacific’s commitment to supporting governments in transforming connectivity transcends borders, impacting 25 markets where the company operates. In Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, Kacific partners with telecom operators like Telkomsel and Vodafone PNG to offer Mobile Backhaul, addressing the growing demand for data connectivity in rural Indonesia and narrowing the digital divide in Papua New Guinea. Kacific plays a central role in the region’s largest mobile backhaul network, underscoring its dedication to bridging connectivity gaps and delivering innovative solutions.

In the Philippines, Kacific has connected over 2,000 businesses dispersed across many of the 7,640 islands that make up the archipelago, using its geostationary satellite, Kacific1. Its distinct advantage lies in a strong local presence bolstered by a network of more than 150 distributors. Supported by ISP partners, installers, and an experienced on-ground team, Kacific consistently delivers high-speed connectivity projects, including connecting 438 Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDA) sites in September 2023 in North Luzon, as part of DICT’s National Broadband Plan.

In remote regions where fibre access is not reliable, Kacific’s connectivity at PhilTower sites enables improved reliability and extended availability for operators

PhilTower – partnering with DICT to enable a connected lifestyle

PhilTower is a recognised independent common tower company licensed by the DICT. The company has a strong and ongoing business engagement with many leading mobile network operators in the country. Renowned for its commitment to enabling a “Connected Lifestyle” and partnering with the DICT to provide fast connectivity to Filipinos nationwide. Its shared telecommunication infrastructure allows mobile operators to reach their customers swiftly and efficiently while utilising the latest technologies. PhilTower’s digital infrastructure is future-proof, leveraging innovative and energy-efficient solutions.

“PhilTower is driving critical expansion of digital networks, with a strong emphasis on enhancing coverage in suburban and rural areas, boosting network density in urban regions in anticipation of 5G adoption, and enhancing in-building connectivity. As a company committed to embracing advanced technologies to provide world-class telecom services to all Filipinos, PhilTower’s vision perfectly aligns with Kacific’s innovative solutions. Through this important partnership, we look forward to extending cutting-edge digital infrastructure across the Philippines,” said Devid H. Gubiani, President and CEO of PhilTower.

Kacific’s CEO, Christian Patouraux, said, “Digital transformation is rapidly reshaping the Philippines. Now, more than ever, businesses need to seize the opportunities of the digital era. As a connectivity and infrastructure management company, it is an honour for Kacific to provide innovative connectivity solutions to a leading digital shared infrastructure provider like PhilTower. We believe that our range of high-speed satellite broadband services and established local presence will serve as a critical success factor in speeding up PhilTower’s mission of providing ubiquitous coverage.”


About Kacific

Founded in 2013, Kacific Broadband Satellites Group is a next-generation satellite operator providing access to affordable, reliable, high-speed broadband services across Asia and the Pacific. Kacific uses advanced Ka-band space and ground communications technologies to provide innovative services to governments, businesses, and communities. Today, as the largest Ka-band satellite operator in Asia-Pacific, Kacific fosters greater internet usage, fuels economic growth, supports disaster management and control, and improves the delivery of other critical services. To reach customers in the most remote areas, Kacific has actively recruited and trained a network of distributors and installers, providing support on the ground and creating local job opportunities.

Kacific1, which was launched back in 2019, connects underserved areas in 25 countries in the Asia-Pacific region. Kacific2, currently in development, is equipped with advanced beam management technology and software-defined satellite (SDS) capabilities, making it fully reconfigurable with flexible beam allocation and high spectral efficiency. This new satellite will significantly extend Kacific’s coverage, addressing new markets comprising up to 1 billion people and meeting the demand for terabits per second (Tbps) of connectivity.

Kacific is the award-winning company, recognised with many awards, including Universal Broadband Award (Euroconsult’s Excellence in Space-based Connectivity Awards, 2023), Gold Stevie® Award for Achievement in Product Innovation with CommsBox (Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, 2023), Connecting the Unconnected (Global Telecoms Awards 2022), and Outstanding Satellite Company (PCT Awards, 2022).

Kacific is headquartered in Singapore and employs over 80 staff globally. For more information visit www.kacific.com or follow on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter or YouTube.