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ROS: Walton's own OS for TVs , 3 ministers to launch it on Mar 1


Bangladeshi electronic giant Walton has developed its own operating system for televisions making a breakthrough in the country's television production sector. The newly built OS named ROS (Rezvi Operating System), is being used in all Walton basic TVs. This OS has boosted the quality of Walton TVs and make them faster.

Sources said, Walton has the largest TV research and development (R&D) division in the country where young engineers and designers are working persistently. The operating system, the first in the country, is developed as a result of their relentless research.

Walton authorities said that Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal, Post and Telecommunication Minister Mustafa Jabbar and Information and Communication Technology Division's State Minister Zunaid Ahmed Palak are set to visit Walton's state-of-the-art factory at Chandra in Gazipur on March 1, 2020. They will officially inaugurate the 'ROS' on that day, said a press release.

Walton TV's CEO Engineer Mostafa Nahid Hossain said that ROS is a complete operating system for television. It has been developed as per the needs of the people of the country. As a result, the TV will work faster. Changing from one channel to another will take less time than before. Besides, the pictures of the TVs will be livelier. The quality of the sound will be improved and stronger than ever.

Sajedur Rahman, deputy director of R&D division of Walton TV, said that “the ROS has already been used experimentally on Walton's basic LED television. We are getting positive response from customers. The OS will also be used on Walton's smart televisions soon”.

He said that in addition to ROS, Walton has recently released Bangla Voice Control Smart TV in the market. Walton's smart TV with 'Android 7' operating system has English and Hindi language selection options in addition to Bangla. As a result, TV users will no longer have to type using remote button to find any content in Bangla either on YouTube or in the browser. This technology is also Walton's own invention.

Currently Walton is producing and marketing basic and smart TVs from 610 millimeters to 1.397 meters with HD, full HD and 4K resolutions. The prices of these TVs range from BDT 10,800 to BDT 99, 900.

Walton is providing exchange facilities and scope of getting up to BDT 5 lakh cash back with sure cash vouchers for TV customers. Up to 4 years guarantee on LED and smart TV panels of 32 or higher sizes with six months replacement facilities are available for Walton TVs.



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12:00 AM, March 01, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:55 PM, March 01, 2020

Walton sets up Bangladesh’s first lift manufacturing plant

Muhammad Zahidul Islam


Local electronics giant Walton is set to flag off the country's first lift manufacturing plant, in a display of Bangladesh's growing industrial prowess.

The plant established at a cost of Tk 50 crore at the Walton Hi-Tech Industries (WHIL) at Chandra, Gazipur has begun test production.

"We are expecting to cater 50 per cent of the market share by a year by beating the importers both in terms of quality and price," said Sohel Rana, chief executive officer of Walton Elevator.

Every year, Bangladesh needs more than 5,000 units of lifts and most of them are imported from China.

The market size is not less than Tk 1,200 crore and it is growing at about 20 per cent per year, helped by widening urbanisation.

Walton is manufacturing all three kinds of lifts -- passenger, cargo and capsule lifts -- that are popular in Bangladesh.

Its passenger lift can carry a load of 300 kilogram to 3,000kg, meaning four people to 40 people at a time, while cargo elevators, which are mostly used in firms and factories, can move 800kg to 4,500kg in weight. 

"We are quite happy with our own production quality," Rana said.

So confident is Walton that it will offer five-year installment facility to customers from the beginning.

"It's not a joke. Five years is a quite long time and we are taking that much risk as we are very confident about our products."

Rana expects the overall lift price will go down once the factory begins full-fledged operation.

"Importers are making huge margins and definitely this market will be corrected when our product comes."

Currently, a passenger lift costs Tk 20 lakh but it will be slashed by a few lakhs within a year because of Walton's production, he said.

Cargo lifts are much more expensive.

In 2014, Walton took the initiative to set up the plant with the view to assembling heavy technology products.

About 150 local and a good number of foreign engineers are working in the plant, which has a capacity to manufacture 1,000 units a year. The company aims to expand the capacity based on the market response.

Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal is due to inaugurate the plant at a programme today in presence of Posts and Telecommunication Minister Mustafa Jabbar and State Minister for Information and Communication Technology Zunaid Ahmed Palak.

Rana also sought policy reforms from the government so that a local lift assembling industry develops.

Currently, local producers have to pay 10 per cent customs duty for equipment and raw materials needed to manufacture lifts, whereas finished products carry only 1 per cent duty.

"This needs to be revised to help the industry to grow," Rana said. 

In line with the fast-growing economy, lift consumption in Bangladesh is increasing steadily.

"New players will join the race to manufacture lifts locally in the near future."

With the plant, Walton added another feather in its cap. It manufactures refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, LED/LCD televisions, motorcycles, smart phones and home appliances.

Walton is the biggest exporter in the field of electronics, with presence in more than 20 countries, according to the company's website. 



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