Bangladesh’s first geostationary communication satellite Bangabandhu-I is going to start its maiden commercial operation through the transmission of South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Championship in September.
To this end, Bangladesh Communication Satellite Company Limited (BCSCL), the organisation to manage the Bangabandhu-I, has started to install necessary equipment to the local satellite television channels, said officials.
Talking to BSS today, BCSCL Chairman Dr Shahjahan Mahmood said they have started the procedures of broadcasting the SAFF Championship using Bangabandhu-I through Bangladesh Television (BTV).
Terming this broadcast as “pre-test” of commercial operation, he said: “All the necessary tests have been completed successfully since the satellite has taken position into the orbit. . .Now, the time has come to move ahead.”
About the preparation of local TV channels, Dr Mahmood said BCSCL engineers are working with them to install the necessary equipment.
“Some equipment regarding the satellite connection is needed to be installed for switching over to Bangabandhu-I from other satellite,” said the chairman, adding, “The equipment would be brought by air shipments if it is required.”
Replying to a query, he said Thales Alenia Space, the manufacturing company of the satellite, is yet to handover the control of the two ground stations -primary one in Gazipur and secondary one in Rangamati, to the BCSCL.
The 12th edition of the SAFF Championship, the biennial international men’s football championship of South Asia organized by the SAFF and Bangladesh is hosting it from September 4 to 15.