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All Bangladeshi TV stations will use Bangabandhu Satellite-1 by May 12: Minister

All television stations of Bangladesh will start broadcasting through Bangabandhu Satellite-1 within May 12, Information Minister Hasan Mahmud has said.

He made the announcement after a meeting with the Association of Television Channel Owners (ATCO) at the Secretariat in Dhaka on Monday.

May 12 will mark the first anniversary of the launch of Bangladesh’ first satellite, the minister said. The government-owned satellite company will serve the TV stations free of charge for three months.

Broadcast data will first be sent to the Sajeeb Wazed Ground Station of the satellite in Gazipur through fibre optic cable, according to Hasan.

The authorities will then distribute uplink and downlink from the station.

The authorities will fix the fees for using the satellite after discussion with all stakeholders, he added.