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Old October 26th, 2015, 03:32 PM   #1641
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October 21, 2015
BANGABANDHU SATELLITE

French firm gets contract
Launching on Dec 16, 2017 to help boost broadcasting, telecom services


Muhammad Zahidul Islam
French company Thales Alenia Space has been given the job of launching Bangladesh's first satellite as part of the government's efforts to narrow the digital divide and create new opportunities.

The cabinet committee on purchase yesterday approved Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission's proposal for awarding a work order to the company for launching commercial satellite Bangabandhu-1 by December 2017.

Thales Alenia Space will manufacture, launch and maintain it for providing communication and broadcast services, said State Minister for Posts and Telecommunications Tarana Halim.

The government wants to launch the satellite on December 16 on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of the country's victory in the Liberation War, she said.

“This will be a great achievement for us and it will lead us to real digitisation,” Tarana told The Daily Star over the phone after the approval.

According to a BTRC feasibility study, the satellite will narrow the digital divide, as it will take broadcasting and telecommunication services to rural areas and introduce profitable services, including direct-to-home services, across the country.

Industry experts said the satellite will help facilitate new services and create jobs.



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ATM Monirul Alam, convener of the proposal evaluation committee, said they would need a couple of days to award the work order, as some formalities were still to be completed.

The project documents will be placed before Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for approval. Since it is a high-priority project, the approval is likely to come without any delay, said Monirul, commissioner for spectrum management at the BTRC.

He said they will give Thales Alenia Space 24 months to launch the satellite. The company will, however, get an additional period of three months given that it shows the reasons behind the delay.

Currently, the country meets its need for satellite connectivity by renting bandwidth from satellite operators, which costs almost $14 million a year.

According to the BTRC proposal, the project will reach the break-even level in seven years and allow the regulator to sell excess capacity to other nations.

Bangabandhu-1 will be able to provide services to all South Asian countries, as well as others, including Indonesia, the Philippines, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, if its frequency is properly coordinated.

Bangladesh will be the 54th country to own a satellite once Bangabandhu-1 is launched in the orbital slot at longitude 119.1 degree east with 40 transponders.

Bangladesh bought the slot from Intersputnik, a Russian satellite company, for $28 million early this year. The purchase agreement stipulates that the satellite has to be launched by June 2018.

Critics say the satellite will not be able to bring much benefit to telecom services, which are run through fibre optic cables in the country.

According to BTRC experts, the satellite will help improve weather forecast system and facilitate exploration of natural resources on land and sea.

A BTRC official involved in the project said landlocked countries such as Nepal and Bhutan, which have no submarine cable, maintain their telecommunications through satellites. It means, this satellite's importance will not diminish.

Monirul said a company would be formed to handle all financial aspects of the satellite services.

“Commercial success of the satellite will depend mostly on the company's performance. We need to hire experienced people to get optimum benefits.”

The BTRC has selected two locations for the satellite's ground handling: Telecom Staff College in Gazipur and Betbunia Earth Station in Rangamati.

The telecom regulator received bids from four companies: Thales Alenia Space, China's Great Wall Industry Corporation, USA's Orbit ATA and Canada's MDA.

Thales Alenia Space was the second lowest bidder with an offer of $248 million while MDA was the lowest bidder with $222.75 million.

BTRC officials said both financial aspect and technical side were considered in selecting the bidder.

Bangladesh has applied to the International Telecommunication Union for four more slots, as at least three satellites are needed to run a viable satellite company and cover the entire globe, they said.
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Old October 26th, 2015, 05:47 PM   #1642
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Alcatel Alenia Space was established on June 1, 2005 by the merger of Alcatel Space and Alenia Spazio and was owned by Alcatel-Lucent (67%) and Finmeccanica (33%). The company is Europe's largest satellite manufacturer.
Glad we gave it to a reputable company rather than someone obscure (mind you, it's probably hard to be a obscure satellite manufacturing company, what with it being such a specialized field)
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Old November 12th, 2015, 02:15 AM   #1643
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Deal signed to buy satellite equipment


Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (BTRC) has signed a deal to buy equipment worth TK 20 billion for the launching the country’s first satellite, Bangabandhu-1.



The agreement with the French Thales Alenia Space was signed at a city hotel on Wednesday.

BTRC Chairman Shahjahan Mahmud and Thales Alenia Space CEO Jean-Loïc Galle signed the deal.

The French firm was picked up for supplying the satellite system on BTRC's recommendation by the Cabinet Committee on Government Purchase on Oct 21.

On Dec 31 last year, Bangladesh bought the orbital slot from Russian satellite company Intersputnik for around Tk 2.2 billion for the Bangabandhu-1 project.

The government plans to launch the satellite, meant for communication and broadcast services, by 2017.
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Old November 15th, 2015, 08:20 PM   #1644
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Old November 18th, 2015, 07:31 PM   #1645
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How sad ! Goldberg is a Jewish name.
Stop spouting s***, keep your opinions to yourself, they're not welcome in our threads, and don't derail our threads especially if all you want to do is insight hate.
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Old November 26th, 2015, 01:46 AM   #1646
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Grameenphone to launch Free WiFi for customers

Grameenphone has taken an initiative to introduce high-speed Free Wi-Fi Internet service for its customers nationwide.
By 2015, the company has an ambition to connect minimum 30 important locations in the country under its’ WiFi umbrella. Initially, it will be a pilot project, and only Grameenphone customers will get access to the service at free of cost for the first 3 months, said a press release.
This effort is part of Grameenphone’s ‘Internet for All’ ambition where it aims to bring more and more people under the light of internet. To provide best customer experience, Grameenphone has also spanned it’s network all over the country and this expansion of its’ 3G network in the countrywide is moving at a rapid pace. It is using this strong network as the basis for all the attractive internet offers.
In the Wi-Fi hotspots, Grameenphone customers will see a Wi-Fi SSID named “GP WiFi” in the Wi-Fi option on their devices; after connecting to the GP WiFi SSID customers need to register with their GP number, this generates an SMS to customers number which enable them to enjoy free WiFi Service. Aamra Networks, one of the largest ISPs in Bangladesh will provide technical support to GP in this great initiative. Grameenphone’s ‘Internet for All’ ambition will be one step closer to its’ fulfillment with this initiative.
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Old November 26th, 2015, 08:05 PM   #1647
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Stop spouting s***, keep your opinions to yourself, they're not welcome in our threads, and don't derail our threads especially if all you want to do is insight hate.

Oh my, sounds like it was an inconvenient truth for you, they are facts and given what they are doing to the Muslim world, I would be entitled to comment on their actions. For
a start you are no one to stop me fulfilling my moral duty to spread the truth.

I note that my valid documentary about their financial corruption has been wiped out. So you see it is people like you who try to protect their corruption. It seems that highlighting their corruption in this economy thread which was relevant, was not liked by some people here.... so you see you are typically the sort of MUslim who lets Muslims down.

Get an education Mr !

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Old November 28th, 2015, 07:39 PM   #1648
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Oh my, sounds like it was an inconvenient truth for you, they are facts and given what they are doing to the Muslim world, I would be entitled to comment on their actions. For
a start you are no one to stop me fulfilling my moral duty to spread the truth.
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Old November 29th, 2015, 05:34 PM   #1649
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So you will need to recognize and prohibit Islamophobic content as well, otherwise you will only be doing a racially and religiously discriminatory one-sided job.
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Old December 17th, 2015, 01:27 PM   #1650
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Thales Alenia starts work on Bangabandhu satellite

French company Thales Alenia Space has started work on the design of Bangabandhu satellite, aiming to finish the primary job in three months, a top official said.

The design for the country's first satellite will be reviewed by Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission before being finalised, said Shahjahan Mahmood, the regulator's chairman.

BTRC officials have attended a meeting in France this month to discuss various issues with Thales, a key European player in space telecommunications.

BTRC signed a $248-million (about Tk 1,959 crore) deal with Thales on November 11 to design, build and launch the commercial and broadcast satellite.

The regulator has already paid an advance of Tk 280.82 crore this week, senior officials said.

The payment is bank-guaranteed, which the BTRC can redeem in case Thales Alenia fails to meet the deadline.

The total project cost will run into Tk 2,967.95 crore, with the government paying Tk 1,315.51 crore from its own fund and the rest coming in foreign loans.



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“We are considering forming a new company and training its personnel to run the satellite and its related activities after its launch in December 2017,” Mahmood said.

Spectra Engineers Ltd, Thales' partner in Bangladesh, has already started work on ground handling stations in Gazipur and Rangamati since the signing of the deal, a project official said.

The government will also run a publicity campaign across the country to make people aware of the mega project, Mahmood added.

The BTRC's feasibility study on the satellite indicated that it -- once launched -- will narrow the digital divide by taking broadcasting and telecom services to rural areas and introducing profitable services, including direct-to-home services.

The satellite will be able serve all South Asian countries including Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, as well as Indonesia, Malaysia and Philippines.

http://www.thedailystar.net/business...tellite-188410
Launch date is 2 years away - Dec'17. But, really excited by this....
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Old January 7th, 2016, 06:39 PM   #1651
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4G spectrum auction to be held by this year - so hopefully, roll out in another 12-18 months after that.

Can't wait. 3G has changed the way people in this country communicate and do business, I think 4G will change it again.
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4G spectrum auction to be held by this year - so hopefully, roll out in another 12-18 months after that.

Can't wait. 3G has changed the way people in this country communicate and do business, I think 4G will change it again.
Isn't there a spectrum neutrality clause in the current 3g license clause?
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Old January 7th, 2016, 07:58 PM   #1653
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Bangladesh in 2030, a vision:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQeCQE-UfyM
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Old January 7th, 2016, 08:26 PM   #1654
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Yet they havent factored in climate change into the growth strategy, Bangladesh will ve severely in crisis thereafter!
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Old January 8th, 2016, 11:34 AM   #1655
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they needs to take climate chaneg seriously , cz bangladesh already suffering , btw i like that shekh mujib international airport on that video , hopefully they can come soon for tenders and stuff , theirafter they should give up HSIA for domestic use only and shekh mujib for international flight
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Bandwidth export to India starts today


Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi are scheduled to formally inaugurate Bangladesh’s bandwidth export to India through video conference today.

The inaugural ceremony is scheduled to begin at the Prime Minister’s Office in Dhaka at 10:30am.

“It would be a gala ceremony to mark the maiden export of bandwidth, in which Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Naredra Modi will formally inaugurate bandwidth export through video conferencing,” Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Limited (BSCCL) Managing Director Monwar Hossain said.

“Undoubtedly, the bandwidth export will open up a big opportunity for us. After exporting it to India, other countries would also like to import bandwidth from Bangladesh,” he added.

On February 8, Bangladesh unofficially began bandwidth export to India through Akhaura-Agartala border.

The state-owned company signed a deal with the Indian state-owned BSNL on June 6 last year for exporting bandwidth during the Indian prime minister’s visit to Bangladesh.

According to the agreement, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) decided to import 10Gbps bandwidth for Tripura state from September last year, but the export timing had been fixed for August. Later, both parties missed the deadline.

The submarine cable company will get the payment at the beginning of each quarter while Bangladesh will earn Tk9.6 crore a year by exporting bandwidth to India.

India is currently importing 10 gigabits per second (Gbps) bandwidth which it will increase to 40Gbps later, as per an agreement.

Bangladesh has a bandwidth capacity of 200Gbps, of which only 33% is used. In 2006, Bangladesh got connected to the current submarine cable at a cost of $63m.

Industry insiders say the country’s demand for bandwidth may reach 210Gbps by 2021.
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IT Freelancing Grows in Bangladesh

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Sultana Parvin is a mother of two living in Dhaka, Bangladesh’s capital. She is petite, soft-spoken and wears a colorful headscarf. She is also a star information technology (IT) freelancer in Bangladesh.

In 2014, Parvin was named Bangladesh’s top female freelancer in Bangladesh by BASIS, the country’s IT industry association. She has done more than 100 freelance IT jobs for clients around the world who hired her through websites such as ODesk and Fiverr.

It’s been a quick rise for someone who didn’t know much about computers until 2012. Parvin, 42, was a self-described housewife of 20 years who wanted to make extra money for her children’s education, but couldn’t work since her family moved frequently due to her husband’s military job.

She read about freelance IT jobs in newspapers and then enrolled in short IT courses in Chittagong. Twelve days after creating her profile on ODesk, she got her first job; it paid $5. A year later, Parvin earned $6,000; not a small sum in a country whose GDP per capita is about $1,000.

Parvin is just one of thousands of IT freelancers in Bangladesh who are thriving on work from clients in the U.S., Europe and other parts of the world.

Bangladesh is known for its garment industry, which employs millions. But it was the third-largest source country for freelancers for the California-based website Upwork (previously known as Elance-ODesk when two companies merged), according to a 2014 A.T. Kearney report.

There were more than 650,000 freelancers in Bangladesh registered on Upwork alone, though their skills and track records vary. In 2013, Bangladeshi freelancers on Upwork earned $21 million. That figure has only grown since then.

Freelancing is an important source of income for Bangladesh’s large population of people under 25 who make up half of the country’s population of 160 million. Freelancers can work from anywhere with a reliable Internet, so the work is attractive to people in smaller cities and towns.

In Dhaka, the crowded capital, freelancers can avoid commuting for hours in notorious traffic jams. And mothers such as Parvin can work from home with flexible hours. Some enterprising freelancers have also opened businesses and hired other contractors.

"People are going for income security, not job security. It’s more about having multiple streams of revenue,” said Saidur Khan, a former freelancer who is now Upwork’s business development manager in Dhaka. “Half of our freelancers want to go freelance full-time. If we nurture freelancers today, they will become entrepreneurs.”

Higher skilled IT freelancers can make $9 an hour for web programming and up to $40 an hour for more advanced work. By comparison, a job in an IT call center at a big Bangladeshi mobile phone company pays around $2 an hour.

Some freelance jobs are small and take less than a day. Other contracts can last for years. Freelance IT work includes data entry, website and software design, mobile application development, graphic design, search engine optimization, social media marketing and more.

Nazmul Hossain, a 28-year-old freelancer based in the southern city of Khulna, started freelancing in 2009 when he was a college student. He taught himself IT skills through online tutorials and websites. Hossain has a university degree in genetic engineering, but job opportunities are limited in Khulna. IT freelancing has changed that.

He makes about $1,500 a month and did not have to re-locate to Dhaka or go abroad to find work.

“Nowadays, I have been contributing to the economy and that’s better than going abroad,” said Hossain.

Yet Hossain acknowledges that Bangladeshi parents are skeptical of freelancing and would prefer their children have traditional careers. Reliable electricity and Internet can also be a challenge, especially in rural areas. Strong English language and communication skills are needed but can also be lacking for many.

There is strong demand for learning IT skills, so technical colleges and private institutes are offering more courses and workshop.

Syed Akhter Hossain heads the computer science and engineering department at Daffodil University in Dhaka. Enrollment in computer classes has mushroomed in recent years. Fewer than 100 students were studying computer science and technology at Daffodil in 2010. Today there 800 to 1,200 students enrolled each year.

But Hossain said some students don’t take their studies seriously and drop out because they can make money freelancing.

This is encouraging and discouraging at the same time, he says. “Freelancing is killing the thought process,” added Hossain. He emphasized that there needs to be a balance between earning and learning.

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