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Tarana: Offer installment payments on mobile phone sales

State Minister for Posts and Telecommunications Tarana Halim has called upon cell phone traders to offer monthly installment payments on mobile handset sales for Bangladeshi customers. She said: We should introduce an installment payment system for the customers so they can avail mobile handsets easily by paying a small amount.

We have no alternative to offer installment facilities if we want to increase internet penetration, said the junior minister while addressing a seminar. The seminar titled “Handset and it’s Role in Building Digital Bangladesh” was held at Westin Hotel on Saturday. Telecom Reporters’ Network Bangladesh (TRNB) organised the seminar.

We have already sent a letter to the finance division for consideration of a VAT structure on mobile handsets to promote local handset production, Tarana added.

She observed that imposition of a surcharge is also a barrier to implementing the “Digital Bangladesh” concept. She said the main component for building Digital Bangladesh is to promote smart phone handsets.

We want to provide smartphones to everyone at affordable prices, she said. She also requested mobile phone operators to ensure uninterrupted networks.

TRNB General Secretary Shamim Ahmed presented the key note while its President Rashed Mehedi conducted the seminar.

Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) Chairman Dr Shahjahan Mahmood was present as special guest.

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