Beximco Communications set to launch DTH service for TV viewers
Ishtiaq Husain

Beximco Communications Limited is set to launch a new service called “Direct-to-Home (DTH), a method of receiving television signals directly from the satellite, from January 2016 to overthrow the existing transmission through cable system.

Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has recently finalised a guideline in this regard.

“We are ready to provide DTH services across the country from January next,” said Bobby Dias, area manager of Beximco Communications Limited, while talking to the Dhaka Tribune.

He said, “Beximco, which will initially launch the DTH service in the metropolitan areas, will also cover the entire country gradually.”

Monthly approximate bill of the DTH will be Tk500 under a few packages to be available for the viewers.

Customers can change his/her monthly package that will include over 100 channels for the clients.

In December 2013, the government awarded two licences to Beximco Communications Limited and Buyers Media Limited.

But, both the two companies had to wait for more than one and a half year to launch their new services in absence of the required guideline. Both the two companies paid Tk2 crore each as licence fees in 2013.  

Initially, Ministry of Information awarded the DTH licence. Later on, the government ordered the BTRC to formulate a guideline. Spectrum management department of the commission worked for 8 months to formulate a guideline in this connection.    

DTH is a digital satellite television distribution services where consumers receive television signals directly from the satellite through a device installed at their homes.

The DTH services will eliminate the need for cable infrastructure, which the television viewers of the country now use to watch satellite television channels.

The BTRC has decided to waive Beximco’s spectrum charge, as the company could not launch its services due to lack of a guideline. In this regard, a policy will be finalised soon.

Similarly, Buyers Media Limited will also get this waiver, according to a BTRC source.

Viewers, who cannot watch High Definition (HD) picture through general cable line, would be possible to watch HD picture through DTH services. 

The commission officials said the total pay back period of the set-top-box or customer premises equipment of DTH would be three years.

The equipment will be installed in the consumers’ premises, which customers can return within 15 days if they are not satisfied with the service. Once installed, there will be a lock-in period for 12 months.

Direct-Broadcast Satellite Television (DBSTV) also known as Direct-to-home television (DTHTV) is a method of receiving satellite television by means of signals transmitted from direct-broadcast satellites.

All the major services including PrimeStar, United States Satellite Broadcasting, Bell TV, DirecTV, Dish Network, SkyTV use direct-broadcast satellites. Signals are transmitted using Kuband and are completely digital, which means they have high picture and stereo sound quality. 

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