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Old October 26th, 2015, 04:32 PM   #1641
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October 21, 2015

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.

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, 06:47 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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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-Loďc 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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Originally Posted by HaqueF View Post
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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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, 09:05 PM   #1647
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Originally Posted by AbidM View Post
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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