Symphony becomes the 2nd exporter of smartphones “Made in Bangladesh”

Symphony started exporting smartphones to Nepal with a shipment of 15,000 smartphones on October 26 last year

TBS report

January 22, 2022, 2:55 PM

Last modification: January 22, 2022, 9:46 PM

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Symphony has become the second local brand to export “Made in Bangladesh” smartphones by sending its smartphones to Nepal’s Apex Group.

“We started exporting smartphones to Nepal with 15,000 smartphones on October 26 last year. The 2nd batch is expected to be shipped on Sunday,” said Jakaria Shahid, Managing Director of Edison Group, Symphony’s parent company, at the inauguration of the export held at Symphony Mobile Factory in Asulia de Savar.

“We plan to capture the handset markets of five more countries including Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Oman and Nigeria by 2022,” he added.

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Earlier, local tech conglomerate Walton started exporting its smartphones as the first local company to the United States on March 1, 2020 from its factory in Gazipur.

Symphony began manufacturing smart and feature phones in 2018 at its Asulia factory, which can manufacture 10.2 million devices a year with eight-step quality checks.

At present, the brand has a demand of 7.2 million devices, including smartphones and feature phones.

“Currently, around 1,500 people work in our mobile factory, but the beneficiaries are far more,” said Jakaria Shahid, adding that the brand is looking forward to making two tab models by this year.

Minister of Posts and Telecommunications Mostafa Jabbar attended the inauguration program as the chief guest. Prior to the inauguration event, the minister, together with Post and Telecommunications Secretary Muhammad Khalilur Rahman and Chairman of the Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission Shyam Sundar Sikder, visited the Symphony Mobile Factory.

During his visit, he inspected various stages of the factory’s production line and exchanged views with employees.

Mostafa Jabbar said there was a lack of jobs for diplomat engineers, but that vacuum was being filled by creating jobs for young professional engineers.

“Now Nepal is importing mobile phones from us, but they will also manufacture mobile devices in their country soon. Then our engineers will go there to help them,” he added.

At present, the country has an annual demand of 35 million smartphones, of which 26.1 million are manufactured and assembled in local factories.

Among others, BTRC General Manager (System and Services) Brigadier General Md Nasim Parvez, General Manager (Spectrum) Brigadier General Mohammad Moniruzzaman Jewel spoke at the event.