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Symphony begins handset exports

Bangladesh to export digital devices to 50 countries in next 5 years, says Mustafa Jabbar

  • Jannatul Islam, Back from Savar
  • 23 January, 2022 12:00 AM
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A Bangladeshi company has started exporting locally manufactured mobile handsets, which is for the first time by any venture in the country.

Edison Group shipped handsets of Symphony brand to Nepal in October last year as a test run, becoming the nation’s first company in mobile handset export.

The first shipment amounted to 15 thousand units.

After that test run, the company now started exporting the products.

Post, Telecommunication and Information Technology Minister Minister Mustafa Jabbar officially inaugurated the export of Symphony handsets on Saturday.

He recalled a directive of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina back in 2015 to make Bangladesh an exporting nation of digital devices and subsequent taking of relevant policies.

 “On 6 August, 2015 Prime Minister made a directive to turn Bangladesh an exporting nation of digital devices from being an importer only. Then necessary policies were made and implemented. Incentives were announced. Now we see the results.”

He said Bangladesh will export digital devices to 50 countries in next five years.

Jabbar commended the excellence of Bangladeshi youths, saying that 30 local engineers operate the ground station of Satellite Bangabandhu-1.

“Our key strength is our young generation. They are talented. A number of 30,000 Bangladeshi young people are working in 14 mobile manufacturing factories across the country,” he said.

In its second consignment, the company sent 10 thousand units of smartphone to Nepal.

Telecom Division secretary Khalilur Rahman and Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) chairman Shyam Sunder Sikder were present as special guests at the inaugural function at Symphony factory in Savar, on the outskirts of Dhaka.

BTRC System Service Division director general Nasim Parvez and Spectrum Division director general Mohammad Moniruzzaman Jewel also attended the event. Edison Group managing director Jakaria Shahid made address of welcome.

BTRC System Service Division DG Nasim Parvez said 14 local companies produced 26.1 million units of handsets against an annual demand of 30 million.

Edison Group MD Jakaria Shahid said the factory now produces 600 thousand units of smartphone a month.

"We are working together with Nepal government to maintain handset registration like Bangladesh,” he said. Jakaria informed that the factory has a production capacity of 1 million units of smartphone monthly.

"The company plans to expand operations in five countries this year. After Nepal, the next countries on the list are Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Nigeria and Sudan," he said. Symphony began operation as a Bangladeshi brand in 2009 which later set up factory for producing smartphones locally.

Earlier in February 2020, another local electronic giant Walton announced export of smartphone to United States as Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM).

The company supplied handsets for an American brand as OEM.