First agreement on Bangabandhu satellite use
Bangladesh Communication Satellite Company Limited (BCSCL) for the first time has signed an agreement and Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with shipping ministry for using Bangabandhu satellite. It is expected that the commercial use of the satellite will begin from next September.
The agreement was signed in an occasion at the shipping ministry meeting room on Sunday.
The agreement was signed by shipping ministry Secretary Abdus Samad and BCSCL Managing Director and Additional Secretary of post and telecommunication ministry Saiful Islam in presence of Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan and Post, Telecommunication and Information Technology Minister Mustafa Jabbar.
In the program Shajahan Khan said, after launching the satellite it was said that it will not be useful for the country. It was also said, money was laundered and it was wastage of money. But through this agreement the path of returning the invested money has begun to open.A So far I know the invested money will be recovered within eight years.
In the program Mustafa Jabbar said, after launching the satellite the rumor was spread that the ownership of this state owned satellite will go the two special persons. But after signing the agreement it was proved that people of the country are the owners of it.
Post and telecommunication Secretary Shyamsundar Sikder said, 90 thousand vessels of the country and four thousand ships that come to the country every year will be under cover of this service. As there is no high speed telecommunication service in the ships of country’s river and sea routes, so internet, telephone, television and other telecommunication facilities are not available there. Through this agreement necessary services will be provided in the ports, ferry ghats, ships and other establishments under different departments of shipping ministry with help from Bangabandhu Satellite-1.