BSCL signs deal for Bangabandhu Satellite-2

Published : 19 Jan 2021 09:01 PM

Bangladesh Satellite Company Limited (BSCL) has virtually signed an agreement with ‘Price Water House Coopers’ Advisory, SAS, a French company. 

BSCL has given the company responsibility as consultant to determine the type of the satellite as part of BSCL’s next satellite (Bangabandhu Satellite-2) construction and launching activities, said a press release.

Shahriar Ahmed Chowdhury, Managing Director (Additional Responsibility) on behalf of BSCL and Dr Luigi Scaria on behalf of ‘Price water house Coopers’ Advisory, SAS, Partner, PWC Space Practice Leader, signed the contract on Tuesday.

After signing the agreement, BSCL Managing Director (Additional Responsibilities) Shahriar Ahmed Chowdhury handed over the contract to Suparna Roy, Associate Director, Government and Public Sector, PWC, Bangladesh.

Minister of Posts and Telecommunications Mustafa Jabbar joined the signing ceremonyprogrammevirtually as the chief guest. MdAfzalHossain, Secretary, Department of Posts and Telecommunications andShyamSundarSikder, Chairman, Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) were present on the occasion as special guests.  

BSCL chairman DrShahjahanMahmoodpresided over the ceremony.  The senior officials of both the organisations including members of the Board of Directors of BSCL were present at the programme.

Bangladesh Satellite Company Limited (BSCL), the country's satellite operator under the department of Posts and Telecommunications, is currently operating the country's only satellite (Bangabandhu Satellite-1).  

BSCL has already adopted an action plan to implement the announcement of the launching of the country's second satellite (Bangabandhu Satellite-2) as described in the(Article 3.21) of present government'selectionmanifesto- "Fulfilling the dream of building a Digital Bangladesh: Information and Communication Technology."

With the launching of the country's first satellite Bangabandhu Satellite-1, Bangladesh became self-sufficient in satellite-based broadcasting and communication. The decision to launch the next satellite of the country to achieve self-reliance in satellite technology of other natures and types is realistic and timely.  

As a result, Bangladesh's dependence on foreign countries in other satellite sectors will also decrease.  Price Water HouseCoopers Advisory, SAS, was selected according to an appropriate tender process to determine the nature and type of the next satellite before feasibility study for the construction and launching of the satellite.

With the successful launching of Bangabandhu Satellite-1, the first step of Bangladesh's self-reliance in space and satellite world has been realised to make Bangladesh a ‘Sonar Bangla’ as dreamt by the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh MujiburRahman. And this happened due to the prudent leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and restless efforts and proper guidance of herICT Affairs Adviser SajeebWazed Joy.