Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked the telecom ministry officials to move fast so the country could launch its first satellite—Bangabandhu 1—by 2017.
Hasina made the call in a meeting with the officials of the posts and telecom ministry, according to an official of the ministry who was present at the meeting.
The communication satellite was supposed to be launched in 2015, but the government's failure to collect funds from multiple foreign parties delayed the process.
In 2012, Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission signed a Tk 82.5 crore agreement with a US firm to take consultancy services for the satellite.
Post and Telecom Minister Abdul Latif Siddique and State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak attended the meeting.