Bangladesh’s first geostationary communication satellite Bangabandhu-I handed over preliminarily today by the French manufacturing company Thales Alenia Space to the telecom regulator’s project officials.
Thales has done the move following the satisfactory result from the final technical test carried during the solar eclipse that occurred on September 21.
Talking to journalist on Monday, Bangladesh Communication Satellite Company Limited (BCSCL) Chairman Dr Shahjahan Mahmood said Thales handed over the control of the satellite preliminarily, reports BSS.
“We are hopeful of getting full control by the end of this month or the first week of October,” said Dr Mahmood.
Replying to a query, the BCSCL Chairman said they have experienced satisfactory result from all technical tests. “So, Bangabandhu-I is now ready for commercial operation.”
Officials said, Thales handed over the Bangabandhu-I to the project officials of the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) and the project office, which will give it to the authority of BCSCL.
Meanwhile the trial broadcast of Bangabandhu-I has been successfully done through the on air of South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Championship 2018, said Dr Mahmood.
Thales launched the Bangabandhu-I in May 12 from Florida of America at a cost of Taka 2,765 crore and according to the plan, it will reach break-even within seven years of starting its commercial service.
The satellite is now being run by local engineers with the assistance of Thales’s experts.
On the other hand, BCSCL has international consultancy firm Thaicom for two years to run marketing and sale of the connectivity of Bangabandhu-I in six countries, including four neighbours. The Thai firm is currently active in around 20 countries.
Mentioning that BCSCL mobilised a good and efficient marketing team, Dr Mahmood earlier said, “Our agency will mainly concentrate on the international business rather engaging in local market”.
Located at the 119.1 east geostationary slot, Bangabandhu-I would cover the SAARC countries and Indonesia, the Philippines, Myanmar, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkestan and a part of Kazakhstan.
The coverage is the strongest in Indonesia, the Philippines, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bhutan, for which these six countries have initially been chosen for business.
The satellite’s operations include “direct-to-home” service for TV channels, VSAT (very small aperture terminal), backhaul and network restoration, disaster preparedness and relief.