Bangladesh to launch first satellite by 2015
Bangladesh’s broadcasting and communications services are to be given a boost with the 2015 launch of the South Asian country’s first satellite, to be called Bangabandhu, according to a press release.
Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has signed a deal with Space Partnership International (SPI) of the US to design the satellite. SPI will appoint a manufacturer to build and an operator to launch the satellite within three years.
Under the agreement, SPI will also create the business plan, coordinate frequency with international agencies and initiate training locally.
“Bangladesh will be able to earn $3 billion in the next 15 years by offering various satellite services”, Bruce D Kraselsky, the company’s managing director said.
“Bangladesh relies on foreign satellite to distribute television channels and telecommunications services to remote areas of the country, currently paying $11 million in satellite bandwidth rent a year, this amount will no longer be spent”, he added.
At the moment communications service providers in Bangladesh rely on the SEA-ME-WE 4 submarine cable. By 2014, a further undersea connection will be made with SEA-ME-WE 5.