Satellite Bangabandhu is going to be launching by 16th December 2017 in 2 Orbit…
Bangladesh is going to have an entrance in the space club as 54th country of the world. Before that we had not our own satellite. We use renting from others and every year spend about 14 million dollar on it. By 16th December 2017 we are going to launch our own satellite. As a result, we could save money and could earn by renting others. We are making 3.5 tons weighted communication satellite. The Bangabandhu will be the first Bangladeshi geostationary communications satellite operated by Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) which is scheduled to launch in 2017. It is expected to be located at 119° East longitude geostationary slot. It will be built by Thales Alenia Space in France. But there is a restriction on us from ITU and that’s if we become unable to set it in a right Orbit; it will cancel. So, we have not enough time. For this reason Bangladesh Government is monitoring this very passionately. As the France launcher company Arian 5 has canceled the contract so it will launch now Falcon 9, the American company SpaceX. SpaceX, is an American aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company headquartered in Hawthorne, California, United States. The live expire of Bangabandhu Satellite is 15 years but it is designed as if it’s longevity could be 18 years. How much money will be our expenditure it will return in 7 years. Bangladesh has planned to launch a Communication & Broadcasting Satellite consisting 24 Ku and 16 C-band transponders. The priority satellite applications are Direct to Home (DTH), VSAT, Backhaul and Trunking, Network Restoration, Disaster Preparedness and relief etc. The Primary Service Area (PSA) would be Bangladesh and neighboring countries and the Secondary Service Area (SSA) would be South East Asia, Europe, MENA, and East Africa depending on orbital slot. The system concept of the proposed satellite comprises with satellite payload requirements, orbital slot/frequencies, coverage area(s), ground segment, user terminal design characteristics, satellite operations and environmental factors. There will be two ground stations for satellite operation and control, one as the primary site and other as the backup site. The RF survey for probable sites has already been completed. However, these requirements shall be finalized during the preparation and finalization of tender document for launching the satellite. We will use mostly 26 transponders and rest of 14 transponders will sell to others country. Recently Dr. Shahjahan Mahmood, Chairman of BTRC has talked all these about Bangabandhu Satellite.
The preparatory project has made significant progress since its inception in the area of feasibility study, frequency coordination for achieving an orbital slot, arranging source of fund, RF survey for finalizing two locations for satellite ground stations and preparation of DPP for the next project named “Bangabandhu Satellite Launching Project” etc. The project team has taken training on Satellite systems in Washignton D.C., USA and is working relentlessly to fulfill the major objective of the project of having country’s first satellite in orbit. The Project activities are continuing with proper direction of Project Steering Committee (PSC) and the Project Implementation Committee (PIC) as well as with the efficient and experienced consultation of SPI. The project office is working to achieve an orbital slot for launching our own satellite for the probable locations like 690 E, 740 E, 1020 E and 1330 E.
Telecoms regulator officials got the clearance and that is significant step to the process of merging Bangladesh operations of the mobile phone companies. The fee for the merger has been fixed at Taka 1 billion. Once it’s completed, Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) will initiate the final procedure to effect the merger. The spectrum unification fee could go up to Tk 5 billion. No fee would be payable for 3G spectrum allocation of up to 5Mhz. Robi currently holds 19.80 Mhz and Airtel owns 20 Mhz spectrum. Airtel’s 2G licence expires in December 2020. A united spectrum would become a 30.80Mhz after the merger. Grameenphone holds 32 Mhz, the largest spectrum share owned by any company. An agreement between the two operators for the proposed merger was signed on Jan 28. The BTRC was then intimated following which the telecoms regulators sent the estimate to the posts and telecommunications ministry recommending the merger. After the deal, the new entity will operate as Robi and their combined customer strengths will increase to around 40 million, which is one fourth of Bangladesh’s total mobile-phone subscribers. All these say Dr. Shahjahan Mahmood. He says more that we are marching to the Digital Bangladesh. Once this was the dream but now the dream is going to be true. ICT and Telecommunication has developed much and we get huge revenue from these sectors. People now use mobile phone as they use dresses.