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Coordination meeting held to launch MyanmarSat 2 in June 2019

Vice President U Myint Swe addresses the meeting of leading committee on establishing satellite system in Nay Pyi Taw on 20 October 2017. Photo: Myanmar News Agency

Leading committee on establishing satellite system held its third coordination meeting in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday, discussing preparation for the task.

Vice President U Myint Swe said in his capacity as the chairman of the committee that a joint ownership system would be used when the country used its own satellite system MyanmarSat-2 which is expected to launch in June 2019.

Furthermore, it is in the course of discussion to be able to launch MyanmarSat 2 under joint ownership system at the cost of about US$ 155.7 million and the said amount is to pay in 10 installments, according to the meeting.

The expense is agreed to be settled in 2018-19 FY and 2019-20 FY. MyanmarSat 2 can be put in service starting from June 2019.

There are three ways that were mentioned in the previous meetings, for Myanmar to be able to establish State-owned satellite system. The first way is to lease the use of satellite transponder of another country and pay for it. That system is known as Condosat.

“The second method is joint ownership system and the third method is total ownership system. The second method that the Union Minister for Transport and Communications has indicated in the second meeting will be employed. For the time being, the MyanmarSat 1 is used on lease,” said the Vice President.

Sub-committee for legal and regulatory affairs needs to check and manage not to get grievances in our side. The Indefeasible Right of Use (IRU) of the Transponder shall be put as an irrevocable provision in the contract.

According to the 1st meeting of the sub-committee for leasing the State-owned Satellite Transponder held on 29 September 2017, It is known that MPT has already proposed to lease additional 72 MHZ besides Myanmar Communications Enterprise could have fully rented C-band Transponder 252 MHZ out of the Transponders of Condosat that is the system of leasing the satellite transponders and is currently being used. However, the use of KU-band transponder is still scarce, so it is necessary to try to lease more KU-band.

From MyanmarSat 2 six C-band transponders and six KU-band will be secured. 432 MHZ from C-band and 432 MHZ from Ku-band, 864 MHZ in total will be gained. It will ensure the beneficial result only when the all MHZ can be put in service. For that target the respective ministry has to seek market in cooperation with private sector.
In his concluding remarks, Vice President has called on the ministries which are currently using the foreign satellite transponders to hire the MyanmarSat-2 when their contracts with foreign firms are expired.