Bangabandhu satellite to restore telecommunication in flood-hit areas

The government has decided to use Bangabandhu Satellite-1 to re-establish emergency telecommunication services in Sylhet, Sunamganj, Natrokona and other flood-hit districts of the country’s northern region.

Meanwhile, to maintain uninterrupted telecommunication in flood-hit areas, Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) yesterday formed a monitoring cell.

The cell will be headed by BTRC Chairman Shyam Sunder Sikder.

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Besides, some 157 of the closed mobile towers have been restored until Sunday evening, the BTRC said in a press release.

As many as 1,159 mobile transceiver stations (BTS), known as mobile towers, stopped functioning in Sylhet, Sunamganj and Netrokona districts amid heavy rainfalls, according to the BTRC.

The Bangladesh Satellite Company Limited (BSCL) is providing all necessary equipment to the rescuers to ensure uninterrupted internet and other telecommunication facilities in remote northern areas. The move comes following the directives of Post and Telecommunication Minister Mustafa Jabbar, said a press release on Sunday.

Under the supervision of Md Khalilur Rahman, secretary of Posts and Telecommunications Division, a total of 12 Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) devices – a wireless communication system that uses a combination of a small antenna and satellite terminal equipment – were handed over to the Bangladesh Army on Saturday.

Efforts are underway to establish two VSAT hubs in Netrokona and the northern part of the country.

Besides, 23 more VSAT devices will be provided to the office of the Sylhet divisional commissioner which will allow it to reestablish communication with more flood-affected areas of the region.

The BSCL has formed a monitoring cell to oversee the whole operation, the release added.

According to officials, the Bangabandhu Satellite-1 can also be used to restore the networks of different mobile phone companies, which are currently down due to the heavy showers and onrush of water.


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