Dhaka on Thursday signed a deal with the New Delhi to become a part of the South Asia Satellite, to be launched by India soon.
Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission chairman Shahjahan Mahmood and Indian high commissioner to Dhaka Harsh Vardhan Shringla signed an agreement on ‘Orbit Frequency Coordination of proposed at 48oE’, on behalf of the respective countries at the BTRC office in Dhaka.
State minister for foreign affairs Md Shahriar Alam, foreign secretary Md Shahidul Haque and posts and telecommunication division secretary Shyam Sunder Sikder were present on the occasion.
Shahriar said that joining the South Asia Satellite would help in enhancing better regional integration among the region’s countries in advanced technological ground.
Shringla said that the Indian government would launch the satellite with a cost of $400 million that would allow South Asian courtiers to enhance regional cooperation.
The project will facilitate participants of telemedicine, intergovernmental network,
emergency communication for disaster and television broadcast including direct to home service, he said.
He also mentioned that the satellite is all set and would be launched soon upon the completion of some formalities.
Mahmood assured that the joining of Bangladesh with the South Asia Satellite would not create any conflict and technical interference with the Bangabandhu satellite that would be launched in December this year.
As per the technical experts, 5-7 degree difference between two satellites has been treated well enough to avoid any technical interference, while the difference between South Asia Satellite and Bangabandhu satellite would be 70 degree, he said.
Although the signing was expected to be held in Delhi but because of urgency the signing was held in Dhaka, he said.
Indian Space Research Organisation will launch the 2 ton class communication satellite with 12 Ku band transponders (36 Mhz each) using ISRO’s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV Mk-II).
Each country would get a dedicated transponder with capacity of 36 to 54 Mhz for its own internal use and would be responsible for content generation and its use.
Apart from Bangladesh, four other South Asian countries — Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka— will also be the part of the satellite.
The satellite, which was initially dubbed as SAARC Satellite, has been renamed as South Asia Satellite after Pakistan and Afghanistan refused to join it.
India took the initiative to launch the satellite first in Nepal SAARC Summit in November 2014 when the Indian prime minister Narendra Modi came up with the proposal to launch a SAARC satellite as a ‘gift’ for the benefit of members of the regional group.
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