Bangladesh has brought four laptops called ‘Doel’ out onto the market. The cheapest model costs only 100 euros. ‘Doel’ means robin in English.
The ‘Doel’ is the result of a joint venture between the state-owned firm Telephone Shilpa Sangstha (TSS) and a Malaysian company and is expected to be a bestseller in the impoverished country. Four different models of ‘Doel’ are expected to be available very soon.
Recently, Bangladesh’s Telecommunications Minister Rajiuddin Ahmed Raju announced that the starting price of the laptop would be only 10,000 takas (100 euros). The prime minister still has to give her approval.
The telecommunications minister said that the laptop had passed the testing phase with flying colors and predicted that because the price was so low it would be very popular with both ordinary people and students in schools and colleges. “In future, we plan to export the laptops after meeting local demands,” he added.
Affordable laptops for everyone
There will be four models of ‘Doel’ laptop in total, starting at 10,000 takas (100 euros) and going up to 25,000. The laptop will make a huge contribution to the government’s plans to create “Digital Bangladesh” by 2020.
“For the past two-and-a-half years we have been working on this project. The manufacturing process started a couple of months back in Gazipur. Now this test period has been completed and has been judged a success,” explained Nazib Hasan from 2M Corporation, which has also played a vital role in the manufacturing process.
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