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19 September, 2018 08:43:41 AM
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Thai firm Thaicom Public hired as consultant

COMMERCIAL LAUNCH OF BANGABANDHU-1 SATELLITE
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Thai firm Thaicom Public hired as consultant

Bangladesh Communication Satellite Company Limited (BCSCL) has appointed Thai firm Thaicom Public Limited Company as the consultant for commercially launching the activities of Bangladesh’s first geostationary communications satellite Bangabandhu-1 abroad, reports UNB.

BCSCL Chairman Shahjahan Mahmood told the news agency yesterday that they hired the Thai firm for the next two years for expanding the commercial activities of the satellite.

He said Thaicom Public Limited Company will work for developing coordinated market for the satellite.

Earlier, Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Mustafa Jabbar said Thales Alenia Space which developed the Bangabandhu-1 will hand over the satellite to Bangladesh within this month and its commercial activities will start at the end of the month.

State Minister for Information Tarana Halim had also said her ministry has urged all private television channels to use the Bangladeshi satellite alongside BTV for broadcasting their programmes.

Bangladesh entered the elite Space Club of 57 nations with the launch of its first geostationary communications satellite into the orbit by US space transport company SpaceX on May 12.

The satellite was launched using the latest version of SpaceX’s upgraded Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket, from the historic Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral.

Two ground stations—one in Betbunia of Rangamati and the other at Joydevpur of Gazipur—have been set up to control the satellite.

Bangladesh’s first geostationary communication satellite Bangabandhu-I would be handed over by the French manufacturing company Thales Alenia Space to Bangladesh Communication Satellite Company Limited (BCSCL) this month, reports BSS.

Before the handover, Thales would run final technical test in next solar eclipse which is scheduled on September 21, said officials.

Talking to the news agency yesterday, BCSCL Chairman Dr Shahjahan Mahmood said they are hopeful of getting the final operational authority of Bangabandhu Satellite-I this month.

“Thales is going to run final technical test before the handover to know Bangabandhu-I’s ability of performance without sunlight in daytime during the solar eclipse,” he added.

After that test, Thales will hand over the Bangabandhu-I to the project officials of the Bangladesh Telecommu-nication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) and the project office, which will give it to the authority of BCSCL.

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