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New $130 “Doel” laptop launched

October 12, 2011 By: Dr Search Principal Consultant at the Search Clinic Category: Computers, internet, Technology Companies, Uncategorized

A new laptop which claims to be the cheapest in the world has just been launched.New $130 "Doel" laptop launchedThe Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina launched the computer, named Doel, at a ceremony in the capital Dhaka. It is also the first laptop made in the country.

The state-owned telecoms company Telephone Shilpa Sangstha (TSS) is producing four models of the laptop.

The most basic one is priced at 10,000 taka- $130- £83. The primary model runs the android operating system.

“This is a big step towards building a digital Bangladesh. When villages get laptops at a cheaper price they will be connected to the internet and that will bring lots of benefits.”

Initially, the laptop will be distributed to various government departments. But later on they will be made available to the public and to tens of millions of students.

However, the country’s internet connectivity remains poor and critics have raised doubts whether the distribution of laptops alone will help the country to connect digitally.

The government has launched an ambitious plan, known as Digital Bangladesh, with the aim of digitally connecting the country by 2021.

“Every part of the country will be brought under e-governance, while the telecommunication system is being modernised to cut the digital divide,” Sheikh Hasina said during the inauguration.

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