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Bangabandhu Satellite-1 earns Tk 3bn

  • Special Correspondent
  • 17 May, 2022 12:00 AM
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Bangabandhu Satellite-1, the country’s first of its kind, has earned Tk 3 billion providing services to local television stations and other organisations.

Bangladesh Satellite Company Limited (BSCL) disclosed this on Monday after a BBC ran a report titled “Bangabandhu Satellite-1 couldn’t earn in three years: how to reach breakeven.” The report was published on May 14.

According to the BSCL, a total of 38 television channels and a DTH are broadcasting their programme using Bangabandhu Satellite-1.

Besides, two private banks also took the transponder facilities from Bangabandhu Satellite-1, said the statement issued yesterday.  It added that negotiations with other public and private commercial banks would continue to ensure utilisation of the satellite. The Bangabandhu Satellite-1 reached 31 remote areas and 112 islands as part of the government’s efforts to digitalise the country, BSCL said.

It, however, admitted that the marketing of the Bangabandhu Satellite-1 has been hampered during the Covid-19 outbreak.

“We are going to resume our marketing in the international arena after the pandemic goes away significantly,” BSCL said.