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BTV World Channel Launched In North Africa Via Bangabandhu Satellite

Bangladesh’s state-owned Bangladesh Television (BTV) has launched its broadcast in North African countries to meet the interest of local viewers, especially expatriate Bangladeshis, via the Bangabandhu satellite.

The Bangladeshi satellite “Bangabandhu-1” in partnership with Thaicom-6, a Thai satellite, is responsible for BTV’s satellite based-branch, BTV World.

The Chairman of the Bangladesh Communication Satellite Company Limited (BCSCL) Dr Shahjahan Mahmood, said that currently, the company is focusing on BTV World, however, upon the results of the experimental period, BCSCL will start working on rolling out other private TV channels of the country for North Africa and other regions.

The commercial operations of Bangabandhu-1 (BS-1) began in May last year after a successful trial run. All local TV channels are connected through BS-1’s ground station through optical fibre for transmission, as the installation of an earth station requires a high cost for TVs.

The satellite’s operations also include “direct-to-home” services for TV channels, VSAT (very small aperture terminal), network restoration, backhaul, disaster preparedness and relief among other services.

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