The Bangladesh Communication Satellite Company Limited (BCSCL), operator of the recently launched Bangabandhu-1 communications satellite, has selected Thaicom, Thailand’s largest commercial satellite communications operator, to help BCSC develop new markets and business for its satellite services.
“We are pleased to partner with Thaicom in order to develop our Bangabandhu satellite program and future markets,” said Md Saiful Islam, managing director of BCSCL. “The Bangabandhu satellite system represents an opportunity for our Nation to provide advanced communications and broadcasting access including high-speed internet and direct-to-home broadcasting services for both the citizens of Bangladesh and the people in other Asian countries in a cost-effective manner. “
“Our partnership with Thaicom demonstrates a key step in our commitment to increasing economic growth, and enhancing the quality of life for all Bangladeshi citizens through nationwide access to telecommunications,” he continued.
Under the multi-year consultancy service agreement, Thaicom will provide BCSCL comprehensive business and market development services for the Bangabandhu-1 satellite, the first ever geostationary satellite of Bangladesh that was successfully launched on 11 May 2018.
This contract is a next critical step in the national objective to narrow the digital divide and promote the digitalization process in Bangladesh. The satellite program will enable the country to fulfil its demand of satellite related services by itself and will introduce broadcasting and telecommunication services to rural areas of Bangladesh and other countries in Asia. The Bangabandhu-1 satellite will also support rescue operations in the aftermath of disasters.
“We are proud to be able to participate in this historical milestone for Bangladesh and to have been selected to assist the country in the business and market development of its Bangabandhu Satellite-1 in several Asian countries,” said Anant Kaewruamvongs, Thaicom CEO. “Thaicom has many years of experience and expertise in developing complex satellite programs and deploying services on the ground to mitigate the digital divide in the Asia Pacific.”