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Local handsets meeting 73pc demand: Jabbar

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 20 January, 2022 12:00 AM
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Locally made mobile handsets have met 73 percent of the country’s demand, said Posts and Telecommunications Minister Mustafa Jabbar.

About 14 factories, including world-renowned brands, have produced and marketed a total of 26.1 million mobile handsets with 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G facilities in the last one year, the minister added.

He made the remarks while exchanging views with representatives of local mobile handset manufacturers at the BTRC auditorium in Dhaka on Wednesday.

About 25,000 people have been employed in local factories of mobile handsets, Jabbar said.

Representatives from 14 local mobile set factories were present at the meeting.

On August 6, 2015, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina directed to transform Bangladesh from an importer country to a manufacturing and exporting one, he said.

Now Bangladesh is now a producer and exporter of mobile phone sets, Jabbar said.

He praised the role of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) in producing the world's best quality mobile handsets without compromising on quality.

The minister said BTRC did not give any concession in ensuring the quality of manufacturing of international standard mobiles and will not give any in future.  “The best sets in the world are being produced by Bangladeshi workers today,” Jabbar said.

He emphasised the need to strictly control quality in the days to come urging the factory authorities to adhere to this policy.

"If we can maintain the quality of the product intact, no one here will buy a foreign handset," he said.

The minister mentioned that if the price and quality are right, the illegal trade of smuggled mobile phones will stop.

Mustafa Jabbar suggested that appropriate strategies should be adopted to market the phone sets manufactured in the country and to provide EMIs to the customers.

He added that there was no scope to ignore the issues of market management.

He put stress on the need for more production of 4G mobile handsets.

 “We have been able to bring 98 per cent of the country under 4G network during the coronavirus period,” the minister added. “The government is committed to provide all possible assistance in production and export of digital devices,” he assured.

The minister called upon the mobile manufacturers to come forward in the production of tabs and laptops and other digital devices.

 BTRC chairman Shyam Sundar Sikder announced the formation of a technical committee headed by BTRC with representatives from factory owners.

The committee will work to develop the mobile phone industry in the country.

 He said that BTRC is committed to work sincerely for the development of this industry including mobile handset manufacturing.

Posts and Telecommunications secretary Md Khalilur Rahman described the production and export of mobile handsets as an unimaginable achievement for the country.

He expressed optimism that the continuation of this would signal a revolutionary change in the production of spare parts for mobile handsets.