Bangladesh becomes a member of the exclusive club of satellite-owning countries as its first commercial satellite was launched to space in the early hours of today (Bangladesh time 2:14am), opening the doors for huge opportunities.
Experts, policymakers and people related with the country’s most sophisticated project said this satellite will give extra pace to the digitisation process and at the same time the country will earn a huge amount of respect from foreign nations after its successful journey.
They said the country's first geostationary communication satellite will firstly help expansion of internet and telecommunication services in remote and rugged areas which still remained beyond the coverage.
“There are more than 750 union parishads in the country where there is no internet connectivity and we want to ensure broadband internet with this satellite over there,” said ICT Minister Mustafa Jabbar on Wednesday over phone about the immediate benefits of the satellite that they have planned.
It could give the nation dedicated emergency telecom services on unexpected natural disasters time when all other service went off, Jabbar also added “and this will be the major part of the satellite’s benefit.”
In the event of unexpected disasters, when traditional telecommunication network may collapse then satellite network can play an important role in ensuring uninterrupted telecommunication services throughout the country, he said.
Surveillance and ensuring national security would appear as a crucial tool for Bangabandhu-1 satellite.
Md Khalilur Rahman, associate professor of School of Engineering and Computer Science at Brac University that have launched the country's first nano-satellite last year, said after launching the satellite successfully many more digital investments will come in the country.
“This is a big part of adopting space technology in the country and developed nation will look at the country with a different point of view after its successful journey,” said Rahman.
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