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Four companies vie for Bangabandhu satellite

Update : 18 Jun 2015, 08:19 PM

Four international companies from three countries finally participated in the tender process of the installation and post-installation support services for launching the country’s first-ever ‘Bangabandhu’ satellite. 

Though five global companies from four countries had earlier purchased the tender documents to get the work order for launching the Bangabandhu satellite project, only four companies submitted their biddings yesterday, the last date for the submission.

Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) opened the tender documents just after an hour and a halfat around 2:30 pm. 

Meanwhile, a three-member committee of the telecom watchdog has been formed to evaluate the bid documents from the next week.

The four participant companies are-Great Wall Industry Corporation of China, MDA Corporation of France, Telus and Orbit from Canada.  US-based Boeing didn’t participate in the bidding process.

Bangladesh signed a deal with Russia based Intersputnik for taking on lease an orbital slot. Government is hoping to launch the satellite by December 2017. 

BTRC will pay US$28m for the use of frequencies at 119.1 degree East Orbital Slot while the route carry 40 transponders for telecommunications, video and audio broadcast. 

Estimated cost of the project is Tk2,967 crore, out of which around Tk1652 crore will be provided by the winning bidder, while the rest will come from the government exchequer. 

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