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Bangladesh has unveiled plans to manufacture cell phones and laptops
with the help of foreign companies after witnessing a revolution in
the usage of both mobiles and portable computers.
Six foreign companies have submitted ‘expressions of interest’ for
forming a joint venture with the state-owned Bangladesh Telephone Shilpa Sangstha (Teshish) to manufacture mobile sets and laptops.
phone would be as cheap at Taka 2,000 ($29) and the laptop would be
for Taka 12,000 ($174) Teshish has been revived after 12 years.
of the six foreign contenders were held back “to avoid confusion”
during scrutiny by Teshish Managing Director Ismail Hossain, New Age
newspaper said Tuesday.
told BSS, the country’s official news agency, that the letters of
expression of interest were sent to head of the Electrical and
Electronic Department of Bangladesh University of Engineering and
Technology (BUET) for scrutiny.
government floated international tender in December 2009 inviting
the entrepreneurs as the power and telecommunication ministry had
taken an initiative to make Teshish fully operative after a long
hoped that the mobile sets and laptops would come to the market by
April next year.
secretary Osman Gani said the mobile would be produced with local
technology and every set of mobile would be priced at Taka 2,000
with every latest facility including double SIM system.
communication experts to say the number of mobile phone users in
Bangladesh would be over 80 million in the next two years.
Teshish will produce 400,000 sets a year initially.
notebooks were entering Bangladeshi homes and NGOs have taken them
to remote villages.
NGO Foundation (BNF) has been providing local NGOs with financial
support in the pursuit of their social development programmes. It
has as many as 1,000 or so partners all over the country, The Daily