Bangabandhu Satellite – 1 (BS-1) is set to start providing its commercial services to international users soon. BS-1 has been successfully providing services in the domestics markets that opened in late May of this year. Moreover, within next three months, all the local television channels and islands will be brought under the satellite coverage.
Nepal, Indonesia, and the Philippines have shown their interests to rent BS-1 transponder internationally. Soon the company will go for commercial agreement with those countries once the rent price is finalized. This is undoubtedly delightful news as the satellite is likely to bring in huge amounts of foreign revenue for the country.
Being ableto provide satellite services
to different parts of the world is
a matter of pride for our country
Previously, Bangladesh’s annual expenditure for satellite connectivity was $14m. The cost was due to renting bandwidth from foreign operators which is no longer necessary as we have become self-sufficient in this regard.
Being able to provide satellite services to different parts of the world is a matter of pride for our country. Despite falling behind in connectivity and digitization for a long time, Bangladesh is now moving in leaps and strides in terms of technology and communications. BS-1 is bringing us closer to our goal of becoming a developed country by providing top-notch communication services.
The satellite is due to usher in a new era in terms of connectivity for the country. Remote areas of the country, which did not have access to internet, will now be connected to the World Wide Web thanks to the satellite. The areas, which cannot be connected with fiber cable, the satellite will reach internet connectivity to those 40 remote areas and islands.
Every developed nation has their own satellite in orbit in order to reduce its dependency on other nations. Bangladesh is highly prone to natural disasters due to its geographical location. Telecommunications in our country have repeatedly suffered interruptions due to natural disasters and other factors. Having our own dedicated satellite network ensures that no such interruptions will occur in the future.