Bangabandhu satellite starts test operation

Staff Correspondent

5 September, 2018 12:00 AM printer

Bangabandhu-1, the first ever communication satellite of the country, started its commercial test operation on Tuesday in greater Dhaka, thanks to the state-owned BTV for telecasting two South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) matches at free of cost, a top official said.  

“We are telecasting two SAFF football matches in Dhaka utilising Bangabandhu-1,” the chairman of Bangladesh Communication Satellite Company Limited (BCSCL), Dr Shahjahan Mahmood, told the daily sun on Tuesday.

He said the BCSCL is expected to start commercial operation in mid-October, 2018.

“The company has issued letters to 31 private television stations to avail of the services of Bangabandhu-1,” he said.

“Now, my team will visit private television stations following issuance of letters as private TV stations will require conversion of their C-band equipment for availing of services of Bangabandhu-1,” he said, adding that preparations for conversion lists are underway. Responded to a query, he said the government will take a decision whether to provide subsidy or not for converting the equipment.

Commercial operations of Bangabandhu-1 will begin from early September, thanks to the successful completion of the orbit test last week, Md Saiful Islam, BCSCL managing director told earlier.

He also said that Bangabandhu-1 is getting 1600MHZ bandwidth.

The BCSCL chief informed that they had already offered 45 ministries and divisions to subscribe services of the country’s maiden satellite.

Bangabandhu-1 satellite will offer video services for direct-to-home (DTH), e-learning, telemedicine, farming et cetera while voice service to cellular backhaul and disaster recovery, and data service for internet, SCADA, SOHO as well as business-to-business (VSAT) operations.

Meanwhile, the Bangladesh authorities have taken full control of Bangabandhu-1 satellite which 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 space.