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Kizuna: Japan’s Ultra-High-Speed Satellite Internet

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As if the regular 100Mbps connections are not enough for Japan’s residential broadband users, a new satellite internet service has just been launched to deliver ultra high-speed broadband connectivity to the country.

The satellite, codenamed “Kizuna“, was sent to space by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency last February 23, 2008:

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched the Wideband InterNetworking engineering test and Demonstration Satellite “KIZUNA” (WINDS) by the H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 14 (H-IIA F14) at 5:55 p.m. on February 23, 2008 (Japan Standard Time, JST) from the Tanegashima Space Center.

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The launch vehicle flew smoothly, and, at about 28 minutes and 3 seconds after liftoff, the separation of the KIZUNA was confirmed. {source: JAXA}

Once deployed, the service will deliver a staggering speeds of 155Mbps downstream (upgradable to 1.2Gbps!) and 6Mbps upstream. Japan currently leads in internet broadband speeds worldwide with a media rate of 61Mbps. The satellite internet service will further bump that figure higher.

The Philippine Government also has a similar project called the Cyber Education Project (CEP or CyberEd) although it was more aimed for on-demand or live video feeds to elementary and high school students nationwide. It has a projected budget of Php26.5 billion which is a hefty price tag. This is also a separate but overlapping project from the NBN-ZTE deal.

On a related note, the Kizuna satellite has two antennae — one for the Japan region and another for the South East Asian region which is good news to us since the Philippines is on the radar screen.

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Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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ver santander
8 years ago

kindly send me a quotation/ price of your product if installed in castillejos,zambales,philippines

Michael
Michael
12 years ago

i think the cost will be much more expensive for the philippines. the satellite internet provided by a country in indochine(dunno the exact country) cost here about 50k for the installation only. so i think the cost of this will be higher.

Renato Aguinillo
Renato Aguinillo
13 years ago

hOW MUCH IT COST TO ACCESS IN YOUR SATELLITE INTERNET?

dencio
dencio
13 years ago

maganda po ito kailan po ito mabibili sa masa…nais ko magkaroon nang isa..para masusubukan

Ceejay
14 years ago

There will be one receiver/transmitter node in the Philippines for the WINDS project. It will be installed at ASTI-DOST in UP Diliman.

Michael
Michael
14 years ago

Japan’s mobile satellite internet launch is fantastic news…if you live in that country. Sadly the US is sorely lacking in speed and affordability when compared to many other countries. If this launch proves to be a success I would expect something like this here in the states within the next 5 years but don’t expect it to be affordable.

qwestion
qwestion
14 years ago

try Qwest. hehehehe

issai
14 years ago

i just checked availability, it’s not yet available in our area :(

Derek
Derek
14 years ago

@issai, Verizon FiOS is worth its price. :) Maybe you should try it :D

issai
14 years ago

is Yap a troll?

but cool, now i want to live in japan. comcast here is just plain expensive.

Yap
Yap
14 years ago

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jhay
14 years ago

Speed is one thing, reliability and quality of customer support are two things our current ISPs really, really need to work on.

I hope KIZUNA will help us maintain connectivity in case those undersea cables gets snapped again.

Derek
Derek
14 years ago

yeah highspeed but you will need a giant antenna on your roof to get 1.2Gbps and your harddrive cannot read and write near that speed.

SEOcontest2008
14 years ago

That sounds good, I hope that we could also experience that speed. ;-)

BrianB
14 years ago

He, he, I panicked. I thought it’s beng blocked or something. False alarm.

BrianB
14 years ago

Abe, what happened to quezon.ph?

Mindanao Bob
14 years ago

Any ideas when (or if) that second SE Asia antenna will be put to use, and the price of such an account? I’m salivating!

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