|Published : 17 Apr 2017, 12:55:08|
PM receives replica of Bangabandhu satellite
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been gifted a replica of the Bangabandhu – 1 satellite, country’s first communication satellite which is scheduled for launch in December.
According to a statement from the Cabinet Division, the replica was given to the prime minister by Minister of State for Post and Telecommunications Tarana Halim on Monday.
The Bangladesh government expects the satellite to be ready for commercial activity by April 2018.
Most of the work on the satellite was completed in France by the Thales Alenia Space facility, according to Post and Telecommunications Division officials.
On Oct 21, 2015 the Cabinet committee on government purchases approved the purchase of the satellite system to be launched by the ‘Bangabandhu satellite’.
The satellite will feature 40 transponders, half of which will be reserved for the use of Bangladesh, while the other half will be rented to raise foreign exchange reserves.
The government expects that use of the satellite can save Bangladesh up to $14 billion annually.
The 'Bangabandhu satellite' project has received the Recognition of Excellence award from the International Telecommunication Union, reports bdnews24.com.