Smartphone fair opens in Dhaka

A smartphone fair is being held in the capital for the first time in a bid to familiarise people with the latest advancements in technology.Information Minister Hasanul Haque Inu inaugurated the ‘Smartphone Expo-2013’ on Friday morning at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Agargaon.

The fair will run until Jan 13 from 10:00 am until 8:00pm, bringing into focus a variety of smartphones and tablet PCs.

In his inaugural speech, the Information Minister stressed on affordability of smartphones and mentioned that incorporation of ‘Bangla content’ would further popularise it.

The minister referred to developed countries putting weight over the need to further expand internet facilities.

According to him, many into the administration were living in an ‘analogue age’ and said it needed assistance of youths to change.

He also stressed the importance of providing the youth with cheaper internet and mobiles in the present times.

Inu said, “Like food, everyone also had the right to internet.”

He voiced his opinion in favour of withdrawing taxes over information technology items.

An entrepreneur of Ananda Computers, Mostafa Zabbar, in his speech said ‘bureaucratic complexities’ were the main hindrance to flourishing of technology in Bangladesh.

He stressed conversion of reading materials into ‘digital content’ to familiarise the new generation more with technology.

The fair is showcasing latest offerings from international brands such as Samsung, Symphony and ZTE.

State owned Teletalk 3G and Kaspersky Anti-Virus are the main sponsors of the event. is the media partner.

Teletalk Sales and Marketing Division Managing Director Habibur Rahman, Samsung General Manager Sang Ya Sung and first Bangladeshi to conquer Mount Everest, Musa Ibrahim, were present at the inaugural ceremony.

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