The first coordination meeting of the Steering Committee to Setup a Myanmar Owned Satellite System was held in the meeting hall of the Ministry of Transport and Communications yesterday morning with Vice President U Myint Swe, Chairman of the committee in attendence.
Vice President U Myint Swe said Intelsat V satellite on geostationary orbit at Indian Ocean Region (IOR) 60 degree east was used for international telephone communication and TV receiving since 12 February 1979. On January 1990, AsiaSat-1 on geostationary orbit was used in satellite communications system for border area development, local telephone communication and TV relaying systems.
On June 1998, the local satellite communications system was moved to ThaiCom3 on geostationary orbit and satellite usage for transponder was increasing by day. In addition to using satellite for communications, usage by the broadcasting sector was also increasing by the day. Similarly, banking, oil and gas, mining and education sectors were also using it by renting satellites separately and thus increasing the cost. Satellite communications is a system that can be used inland, on water, on island groups, any time within a short period. With our country’s geographical situation, it can be used to provide communications service to islands and villages in a short time frame. In addition to geostationary orbit satellites, other satellites in orbit were also used depending upon requirement of the satellite communications system.
The duties of the Steering Committee is to set up policies, ways and means of a satellite system to set up a Myanmar owned satellite system, setting up guidelines to sign agreements on setting up a satellite system, coordinating with International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and other international organizations , providing guidance on implementing the agreements, guiding and setting up financial matters relating to the setup of a satellite system, setting up guidelines on using satellite communications for socio-economic development of the country and establishing satellite communications utilizing systems, acquiring modern space technologies and guiding the human resource development processes to acquire it, and to guide on the setting up of a Myanmar Space Agency if required.
Afterwards, Steering Committee member Union Minister U Thant Sin Maung explained about current satellite usage in Myanmar, cost of setting up a satellite system, satellite ownership system and current situation of satellite rental.
Next, Steering Committee members Lieutenant General Sein Win, Dr. Aung Thu, Deputy Ministers, members of work committee to set up national satellite system, Permanent Secretaries and officials discussed on benefits and usage by Ministries if a national satellite system is established.
Leading Committee Chairman, the Vice President said a budget will be set in 2018-2019 fiscal year to calculate profitability and to do the necessary. Myanmar Owned Satellite System will be setup in accordance with the acts and rules and is believed that it would be very beneficial and successful if it is linked to a satellite that has a good technology and security.
Much effort will be made to implement it quickly.
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