Kacific launches transportable WiFi communications solution for disaster relief

CommsBox will provide instant connectivity for civil defence and aid agencies in Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

Kacific Broadband Satellites Group is launching an emergency connectivity solution, CommsBox, designed to provide broadband service in emergency or disaster zones rapidly.

Kacific CommsBox is a transportable, all-in-one satellite communications product that can be rapidly deployed in disaster zones when other communication channels fail. The turnkey solution is designed to meet the particular disaster response requirements of territories in South East Asia and the Pacific.

The first-of-its-kind in disaster recovery solutions, Kacific Commsbox consists of pre-configured, solar-powered units which, with minimal setup, provide instant internet access to assist relief operations and connect users.

Governments, civil defence, police, military, rescue services, and aid operations can store the CommsBox units in remote locations or transport them directly into disaster zones.

Between 1970 and 2020, natural hazards in Asia and the Pacific affected 6.9bn people and killed more than 2m. Since 1970, Asia and the Pacific have accounted for 57% of global fatalities from disasters and 87% of the total global population affected by natural hazards.

Speaking about the CommsBox, Christian Patouraux, Kacific’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “The Asia Pacific region is prone to natural disasters. With many islands and mountainous regions, its geography adds an extra challenge for coordinating rescue and relief. When powerlines are down, transport routes blocked, and fibre or other ground-based communications equipment damaged, Kacific CommsBox can be shipped into the disaster zone to provide internet access within minutes of touchdown.”

The satellite antenna connects to the Kacific1 satellite, which offers widespread coverage across the Asia Pacific, including islands, mountainous regions, and remote areas.