Tk 10,000 Bangladeshi laptop hits market in week

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Doel
A huge digital step forward
Tk 10,000 Bangladeshi laptop hits market in week

Abdullah Mamun

The first Bangladesh-assembled laptop ‘Doel’ will hit the market in seven days though Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina launched its marketing yesterday.

The public limited company Telephone Shilpa Sangstha (TSS), which was tasked to produce the laptop, has already readied six thousand netbook and laptop for marketing.

TSS has been producing three types of netbook and one type of laptop.

Netbook is a tiny computer device like laptop with comparatively low storage capacity. Its price would be cheaper than that of laptop. The price range has been set between Tk 10,000 and Tk 26,000 depending on configuration of each device.

The government has taken the project of producing locally assembled laptop and netbook with an aim to make this significant technology available to people at a cheaper price.

TSS Managing Director Mohammad Ismail told The Daily Star now they import 90 percent components of netbook and laptop, and within six months it will come down to 40 percent only.

The company, under the telecom ministry, is equipped enough to assemble 10,000 to 11,000 laptops or 15,000 netbooks per month. After assessing the market demand, the company will decide which one would be produced more, he said.

It was planned initially to supply the laptop and netbook to the public service sector especially to the state run educational institutions on priority basis.

The company was even ready to supply the devices but it did not receive any demand order from the public sector entities. So, the TSS has decided to sell the readied products in the local market, said the TSS managing director.

The portable computer devices are competent enough to connect with any kinds of internet modem. Built-in WiFi is also available in all the four models. WiFi is a wireless system that provides internet bandwidth for indoor use.

“This is a great achievement for us. Finally, we have got our own brand laptop,” said Mustafa Jabbar, president of Bangladesh Computer Samity.

The assembling of laptop is a step towards implementing the government’s ‘Digital Bangladesh’ vision. But without internet connectivity, it is just a typewriter, he observed.

He said internet service is still very expensive and rare in the country especially for the students. The only way to get fast broadband connectivity is 3G technology, which should be provided soon.

Jabbar also said that professional people should be engaged in content development that could be made available through internet.

Interested people will get detail configuration of the products visiting TSS’s website: http://www.tss.com.bd

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