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Bangabandhu Satellite-2 to be launched in time

Published : 08 Oct 2021 09:27 PM | Updated : 09 Oct 2021 04:25 PM

The Posts and Telecommunications Division has begun work to launch Bangabandhu Satellite-2 into space, activate the 5G network and connect the third submarine cable in due time.

This was promised to the nation in the election manifesto and it will be fulfilled. 

Posts and Telecommunications minister Mustafa Jabbar made the comments while speaking at a discussion meeting organized by Bangladesh Satellite Company Limited (BSCL) at Hotel Intercontinental in the capital on Thursday night to mark the 2nd anniversary of the launch of private satellite TV channels through Bangabandhu Satellite-1.

The minister said, "By launching Bangabandhu Satellite-1 in space, we have not only been commended for being the 57th satellite launcher in the world, but we are also very proud to provide uninterrupted satellite services with technical support to our people in the last two years."

The minister referred to 2021 as the year of transformation of Bangladesh into Digital Bangladesh as per the PM’s declaration on December 12, 2008. 

Mustafa Jabbar said, “The defeated enemies of the liberation war stopped the country’s forward march after killing Bangabandhu and his family. After 21 years of mishaps, PM Sheikh Hasina transformed the seed planted by Bangabandhu to establish Digital Bangladesh from 1996 to 2001.”

Thanking the TV channel owners for conducting broadcasting activities through this satellite, the minister said, “We are all proud to be able to use our country's satellites. Under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, all preparations have been completed to complete the launch of the country's second satellite within the stipulated time.” 

The minister emphasized on the cordial relations between BSCL and television channels. At the end of the discussion, a short cultural program was presented.

Information Minister Hasan Mahmud addressed the meeting as the chief guest. Dr Shahjahan Mahmud, Chairman of BSCL presided over the function. Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, Dr Ahmad Kaikaus, Posts and Telecommunications Secretary Mohammad Afzal Hossain and Association of Television Channel Owners (ATCO) President Anjan Chowdhury were present among others.

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