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Preliminary handover of Bangabandhu Satellite done

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 BSS today, Bangladesh Communication Satellite Company Limited

(BCSCL) Chairman Dr Shahjahan Mahmood said Thales handed over the control of

the satellite preliminarily.

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.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)