DHAKA, Sept 3, 2018 (BSS) – Bangladesh’s first geostationary communication
satellite Bangabandhu-I (BS-I) is set to start its maiden transmission
tomorrow through broadcasting of South Asian Football Federation (SAFF)
“We are set to broadcast the SAFF Championship using BS-I through
Bangladesh Television (BTV),” said Dr Shahjahan Mahmood, Chairman of
Bangladesh Communication Satellite Company Limited (BCSCL), the organization
responsible to operate the satellite.
He added: “We will provide feed to BTV after receiving it from a private
satellite TV station which wins broadcasting rights for the tournament.”
Mahmood, however, termed this broadcast as “pre-test” for commercial
operations while all previous tests required were completed successfully
since the satellite took position into the orbit.
“Now, the time has come to move ahead . . . and we would observe the
operation of BS-I in next two weeks through this trial test,” he said
Asked about the preparedness of local satellite TV channels for receiving
the service, he said BCSCL engineers were working with them to install the
“Some equipment regarding the satellite connection is needed to be
installed for switching over to Bangabandhu-I from other satellite,” said the
He said Thales Alenia Space, the manufacturing company of the satellite,
is yet to handover the control of the two ground stations – primary one in
Gazipur and secondary one in Rangamati, to the BCSCL.
The 12th edition of the SAFF Championship is the biennial international
men’s football championship of South Asia organized by the SAFF and
Bangladesh is hosting it from September 4 to 15.
Bangabandhu-I was successfully launched from the historic Launch Complex
39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida of United States at 16:14 local
time (02:14 BST) on May 11. Most modern rocket “Block 5” version of the
Falcon 9 of SpaceX lifted the satellite for the orbit located at 119.1 degree
east and after ten days of launch, it took position in the desired location
According to the agreement, Thales Alenia Space of France will handle the
satellite along with local engineers for next three years. To this end, an
18-member team of local engineers has been trained up.
Bangladesh will operate satellite from 119.1 degree east using a payload
comprising 26 Ku-Band and 14 C-Band transponders to deliver focused
telecommunications coverage to Bangladesh. One transponder is equivalent to
Ku-band covers Bangladesh and its territorial area of the Bay of Bengal,
India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and the Philippines. C-
band covers Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Myanmar, Bhutan,
Nepal, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan,
Uzbekistan,Turkmenistan, and portions of Kazakhstan.
The government took the Bangabandhu-I project in May 2015 and assigned the
Thales Alenia by signing a $248-million deal in November the same year.
The satellite has 15 years for mission life span while another three years
for its design.
The satellite will offer video services for Direct-to-Home (DTH), e-
learning, Tele-medicine, Family Planning, Farming etc while voice service to
cellular backhaul and disaster recovery, and data service for internet,
SCADA, SOHO as well as business-to-business (VSAT).