The government is set to appoint consultants shortly for launching the Bangabandhu-2 satellite by 2022, said a top official.
“We have received proposals from 20 companies from USA, Australia, Thailand and some other countries for the consultancy services for launching Bangabandhu-2 satellite,” Dr Shahjahanj Mahmood, chairman of Bangladesh Communication Satellite Company Ltd, told the Daily Sun.The company formed a committee to evaluate the expression of interests to give the contract to the selected firm within one or two months.
He said the foreign consultants will determine the type of satellite required for Bangladesh. They will also plan how to lease a slot for the country’s second satellite—- Bangabandhu-2.
The orbit slot which Bangladesh has leased for 45 years has the capacity to host another two satellites in addition to Bangabandhu-1.
“We will decide the launch of the second satellite to the same orbit or rent a new slot as per the advice of the consultancy firm,” Dr Mahmood said.
The government has rented 17 out of 50 transponders of Bangabandhu-1 satellite to different television channels, banks and some commercial entities.
“We are working to ensure satellite coverage in the Sundarbans region,” officials said.Dr Mahmood said they are also working to serve the ocean-going vehicles by Bangabandhu-1. “We have many plans for the Bangabandhu satellite-1 and hopeful about implementing those in phases.”
Foreign television channels are likely to subscribe to Bangabandhu-1 soon as the government has moved to approve the draft regulatory guidelines on landing rights for broadcasting satellite services in Bangladesh.