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Dhaka to sign deal with Delhi to use South Asian Satellite

The government is likely to sign a deal with India to use a transponder of the proposed South Asian satellite, a top official said.

In satellite telecommunication, a satellite transponder receives signals over a range of uplink frequencies usually from a satellite ground station.

“We are hopeful of signing the draft deal on orbit frequency co-ordination proposed at 48 degree-E,” Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) chairman Dr Shahjahan Mahmood told daily sun on Tuesday.

He said they have already finalised the draft of the deal.

Indian Prime Narendra Modi first raised the idea of SAARC satellite during Nepal summit in November 2014.

The proposed SAARC satellite has been renamed as the South Asian Satellite after Afghanistan and Pakistan dropped out from the project.

Delhi will design, build, launch and maintain the satellite for the benefit of six nations in various fields including telecom and telemedicine. Indian Space Research Organisation is planning to launch the satellite by March this year.

The BTRC chairman said Bangladesh would be benefited from the satellite as it would be able to use one out of the eight transponders of the six-nation satellite to be operated by India.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has already approved the draft for signing the bilateral deal for launching the South Asian satellite.

The South Asian satellite’s lifetime will be 12 years, with the ability to cover the Saarc region only with its eight transponders.
One transponder is equivalent to 36 megahertz.

Besides, Bangabandhu-1 satellite will have a capacity of 40 transponders and would able to cover Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Indonesia and the Philippines.

The Bangabandhu-1 satellite will have a lifetime of 15 years at a cost of Tk 2,967 crore.

“We have already completed 60 percent construction work to launch the country’s first-ever Bangabandhu-1 satellite,” the BTRC chairman said.

“The South Asian satellite might be created some interference in orbit coordination with country’s first ever Bangabandhu-1 satellite downlink is scheduled to be launched in December 2017,” another official said.

Source: Daily Sun, Dhaka, Bangladesh

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