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Bangabandhu Satellite-1 starts operation with Saff Suzuki Cup coverage

  • Published at 11:21 pm September 3rd, 2018
Bangabandhu-1 satellite
File photo of Bangabandhu-1 satellite at Kennedy Space Centre in Florida

The South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Suzuki Cup 2018 will kick off at Bangabandhu National Stadium at 4pm on Tuesday with Nepal v Pakistan, followed by the hosts against Bhutan at 7pm

The country’s first commercial satellite will begin its experimental operation today with the start of the live broadcast of matches in the 12th South Asian football championships in Dhaka.

Md Saiful Islam, managing director of Bangladesh Communication Satellite Company Limited (BCSCL), confirmed the matter on Monday, reports UNB.

The South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Suzuki Cup 2018 will kick off at Bangabandhu National Stadium at 4pm on Tuesday with Nepal v Pakistan, followed by the hosts against Bhutan at 7pm. 

Bangladesh Television (BTV) are broadcasting matches in the competition, which will run until September 15. 

In a “pre-test” for commercial operations, Md Saiful Islam told BSS that the state-owned network will receive a BCSCL feed taken from a private satellite TV station which has broadcasting rights for the tournament.

Bangladesh entered the elite Space Club of 57 nations with the launch into orbit of Bangabandhu Satellite-1 by US space transport company SpaceX on May 12.

The geostationary communications satellite was launched using the latest version of SpaceX's upgraded Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket, from the historic Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral.

The slot was rented from Russian satellite company Intersputnik for $28 million in January 2015.