Country’s first geostationary communications satellite Bangabandhu-1 goes into commercial operation on Sunday after one year of its launching.
Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud inaugurated the commercial operation at a city hotel.Local television channels, banks and telemedicine service providers will get low-cost satellite service from Bangabandhu-1 satellite, said the minister.
The commercial operation was inaugurated on the first anniversary of its launching.
The satellite service cost will be lower than other international satellite services, the minister said.
“Prime Minister made pledge that the dream of digital Bangladesh would come true through launching of the satellite,” Hasan Mahmood said.
Posts and Telecommunications Minister Mustafa Jabber said after successful launching of the first satellite, Bangabandhu Satellite-2 will be launched as per our election pledge.
“We are taking preparation to launch the next satellite,” he said at the programme as special guest.“Major interruptions have not been observed after launching of the Bangabandhu-1 satellite,” he said.
“I hope local experts will able to operate the satellite after completion the three years’ operational period as agreed by France company Thalas,” he added.
A special postal ticket has also been opened by the chief guest at the programme.
ICT State Minister Zunaid Ahmed Palak said the government is expected to ensure 100 percent internet connectivity through Bangabandhu satellite by 2021.
The government will also ensure high speed broad band connectivity through the satellite, said the state minister as special guest.
The 772 remote chars, valleys and islands will also come under satellite converge by 2021, he said.
Bangladesh Communication Satellite Company Ltd Chairman Dr Shahjahan Mahmud said, “We have passed over a year after launching the satellite. We required four to five month for experiment of the satellite.”
The company will use optical fiber network to ensure quick satellite service, he said.
We are working hard to provide satellite services to the local television channels, he also said.
We are also trying to expand the local market ensuring internet banking through our satellite, he added.
The company is expected to reach the breakeven point within seven years after commercial operation, he hoped.
We can also combat the cyber threat using the satellite, he said.
The service charge of Bangabandhu Satellite will be one fourth compared to the charges of other international satellites, he said.
Six private television channels such as Dipto TV, Bijoy TV, MY TV, Somoy TV, Bangla TV and Jamuna TV signed agreement with BCSCL for receiving service from the satellite, he added.
Besides, the Sonali Bank Ltd signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the satellite company, he said.
Posts and Telecommunications Minister Mustafa Jabber, State Minister for ICT Junaid Ahmed Palak, chairman of the parliamentary standing committee of posts and telecommunications AKM Rahamatullah attended the programme as special guests.
The anniversary function was chaired by Bangladesh Communication Satellite Company Ltd (BCSCL) Chairman Dr Shahjahan Mahmood.
Chief executive officers of different television channels also attended the function.