Around 35,000 local and foreign ships will receive satellite services from Bangabandhu-1, aiming to make them safe and secure in the sea and local river channels.
In a meeting with state-owned Bangladesh Communication Satellite Company Limited (BCSCL), the Ministry of Shipping (MoS) has taken decision to use Bangabandhu Satellite-1 facilities.
Shipping Secretary Md Abdus Samad chaired the meeting attended by Md Saiful Islam, BCSCL managing director, the chairmen of Chittagong and Mongla ports and senior officials concerned.
The shipping secretary said his ministry is happy to get best navigability support from Bangabandhu-1.
“We’ll be able to trace our ocean-going and inland ships quickly. It’ll also help us tackle any piracy using the satellite,” he added.
According to him, around 35,000 inland and over 110 ocean-going local and foreign ships anchor here.
“We’ll finilise a draft within a day or two for signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with MoS immediately,” Md Saiful Islam told the daily sun yesterday after the meeting.
He said BCSCL will provide low cost satellite services to local and foreign ships here.
“The ships will get secure navigability facilities as well as receive live television broadcasting facilities,” he added.
The communication is disrupted sometimes in wireless system at local and foreign ships now. But it will get connections all time after getting satellite services.
Besides, local and foreign ships are not able to connect cable TVs facilities.
Another official said the company plans to earn minimum Tk 1000 from each ship monthly.
It means the company plans to earn around Tk 420 million from shipping services using satellite facilities.
Commercial operations of Bangabandhu satellite will begin from early September thanks to the successful completion of the orbit test last week, the officials said.
He also said the Bangabandhu satellite is getting 1600MHZ bandwidth during the IOT. The BCSCL chief informed that they have offered 45 ministries and divisions to subscribe to services from the country’s maiden satellite.
Bangabandhu satellite will offer video services for direct-to-home (DTH), e-learning, telemedicine, farming etc while voice service to cellular backhaul and disaster recovery, and data service for internet, SCADA, SOHO as well as business-to-business (VSAT) operations.
The Bangladesh authorities have already taken full control of Bangabandhu satellite. The satellite was initially controlled from three stations in the US, Italy and South Korea.
BCSCL will operate the satellite from 119.1 degrees east using a payload comprising 26 Ku-Band and 14 C-Band transponders to deliver focused telecommunications coverage to Bangladesh. One transponder is equivalent to 36 MHz.
Ku-band covers Bangladesh and its territorial area of the Bay of Bengal, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and the Philippines. C-band covers Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Myanmar, Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and portions of Kazakhstan.
The satellite has a 15-year lifespan for its mission in the space.