Boeing-built commercial satellites connect COVID-19 support to remote areas

April 20, 2020 in Space

Local technicians install satellite antenna in Papua New Guinea.


Satellites built by Boeing are connecting the world, enabling people to quickly share data, video and communicate between widely different locations on earth.  

“During this pandemic, enabling connectivity of medical professionals, equipment and patients is more important now than ever, and we’re proud to be a part of our customers’ stories,” said Chris Johnson, senior director of Boeing Commercial Satellites and Common Products.

Kacific Broadband Satellites Group and Spacecom are two of Boeing’s commercial customers who are using its satellites to support government and medical providers’ efforts to treat COVID-19 patients in rural and remote communities. 

Kacific Broadband Satellites Group is providing high-speed internet to rural medical clinics and has offered more than 1,000 free small satellite dishes to health care departments to help them track the spread of the virus and enable quicker medical response.

“Satellite technology is uniquely placed to assist under-connected nations in the battle against COVID-19. Satellite dishes can be rapidly and easily deployed, connecting rural medical clinics to the national system and associated infrastructure,” said Christian Patouraux, CEO and founder of Kacific. “Kacific was founded to improve the lives of rural and remote people in Asia-Pacific through better connectivity. This is the time to deliver on that goal for Asia-Pacific healthcare systems.”

Spacecom is working with African governments and providing free satellite capacity for telemedicine services. The Tel Aviv-based operator is ensuring e-health services are immediately available to help address COVID-19 in sub-Saharan Africa.

“Spacecom pioneered an initiative, calling on the satellite ecosystem to join forces and leverage its inherit advantage of being able to bring connectivity to Africa’s most rural locations. This kind of service is much needed while facing the COVID-19 pandemic in which both telemedicine and e-learning are vital to control the spread of the virus,” said Oren Tepper, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Spacecom.