20 May 2015

Pacific ICT more lucrative than many realise

9:10 pm on 20 May 2015

The chief executive of a satellite broadband provider says the Pacific is a more lucrative market than larger ICT companies realise.

Kacific antennae

Kacific antennae Photo: SUPPLIED

The chief executive of Kacific, Christian Patouraux , has just signed a 78 million US dollar deal with Indonesian satellite provider BigNet.

He says most international ICT companies ignore the Pacific, but his company is keen on it.

"The Pacific has a lot more potential per capita than Africa. In the Pacific people that are very well educated, you have a fairly good disposable income despite some arguing that disposable income is low but there is a lot of general support to the Pacific. And there is a real craving for connectivity."

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