In the last year, 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G combined, a total of 261 million mobile handsets have been produced and marketed, said Post and Telecommunication Minister Mustafa Jabbar.
The Minister said, “These phones have been manufactured in 14 factories including various world famous brands in the country. As a result, 63 percent of the country’s total demand has been met with mobile handsets produced in domestic factories and about 25,000 people have been employed.” The minister made the remarks while exchanging views with representatives of local mobile handset manufacturers at the BTRC auditorium in Dhaka on Wednesday (January 19).
He said, “This success has come in the last four years since 2016 under the inspiration and guidance of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. We have become a mobile phone handset manufacturer, now we have to be an exporter. As a result of the government’s digital technology-friendly policy, Bangladesh has made remarkable progress in the mobile handset manufacturing industry.”
BTRC Chairman Shyam Sundar Sikder presided over the function and Secretary of Posts and Telecommunications Md. Khalilur Rahman was present as the special guest. Representatives including managing directors of 14 mobile factories of the country were present on the occasion.
The Minister also suggested that appropriate strategies be adopted to market the phone sets manufactured in the country and also to provide EMIs to the customers. He emphasized the need for more production of 4G mobile handsets and said, “We have been able to bring 98% of the country under 4G network during the covid period.”
Mr. Mustafa Jabbar, the pioneer of Bengali language in digital technology, the government is committed to providing all possible assistance in the production and export of digital devices. The Minister called upon the mobile manufacturers to come forward in the production of tabs and other digital devices including laptops.