Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Bangladesh: Laptop Fair 2010 Attracts Sizable Crowd in the Opening Day

Laptop Fair 2010 started in Dhaka today. My assistant Abdul Aziz Liton visited the fair and collected all the ads of all the participating companies. So, we are hopeful that within a few days, we will be to provide a lot of information about laptops found in Dhaka markets. Just 2-3 years ago, laptop was considered to be a luxury item to most people. First of all, the price was very expensive and there was almost nothing to do even if you got one.
After all, these days, a laptop without Internet connection is almost useless. Things changed in 2008 and 2009 because mobile phone companies like Grameenphone and Citycell came up with wireless connections at affordable prices. Mr. Liton talked to some visitors and they all said that they came here to buy laptops. So, there is a good possibility that many products will be sold in this fair.
I got the press release from the organizers (Maker Communication) and I am giving it here:

Zoom  Laptop Fair 2010 begins in the city
With the theme `Light up the technological light’ the three day long Zoom Laptop Fair 2010 has started today at the Bangabandhu International Conference Center, organized by Maker Communication. After achieving great success in the previous year’s Fair, Citycell has again become title sponsor for this year’s fair. Acer, Asus, HP and Lenovo are the four co-sponsors, is the online partner, radio ABC is the radio partner and is the news partner of this event.
Advocate Md. Qamrul Islam M.P., Hon’ble Minister of State, Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs was the Chief Guest at the inauguration program. Mr. Michael Seymour, Chief Executive Officer of Citycell joined the program as Special guest. Architect Yeafesh Osman Hon’ble State Minister, Ministry of Science and Information & Communication Technology, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, Mr. Mostafa Jobbar, President, Bangladesh Computer Samity were also present as Special Guests.
Visitors will avail special offers of Zoom at Citycell’s pavilion at the fair. These include attractive start-up prices for Zoom connections bundled with devices, together with exclusive monthly data plans and voice tariff for these packages. Specific Zoom enabled handsets, USB Modems, Zoom Ultar bundles will be available at unbeatable discounted prices. Visitors will also be able to enjoy free internet browsing using Zoom at the Pavilion.
World renowned brands like HP, Compaq, Dell, Fujitsu, Hasee, Gigabyte, Asus Lenovo, Toshiba, Acer, Great Wall, BenQ, Apple are participation in the fair and bringing brand new laptops with very attractive prices on the occasion of the fair, The fair will be open for visitors everyday from 10:00am to 8:00 pm. There will be 15 pavilions and 5 stalls in the fair. The entry fee will be Tk.20. The organizer of this fair informed that 10% money of the ticket sale will be given to winter affected people and 15% will be used for education of the disadvantaged people of the country.
Participating organizations and Maker Communication will also jointly arrange raffle draw quiz program etc.

So, if you live in Dhaka and you are in anyway interested about this gadget then why not visit the fair tomorrow or next day.
The best thing I liked about Laptop Fair 2010 is that a number netbook models were in display from the major major manufactures. Thus, there were a number of netbooks under 30,000 Taka.