Pakistan manufactured more mobile phones than it imported between Jan-July 2021: report

The production of mobile phones by local manufacturing plants has surpassed the number of mobile phones imports in the country, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) announced on Thursday.

A report by the PTA said that during Jan-July 2021, the production of mobile phones by local manufacturing plants was 12.27 million.

Imports of mobile phones, on the other hand, were recorded at 8.29 million.

26 major mobile manufacturers, including Samsung and OPPO have been given the go-ahead to manufacture mobile devices in the country up till now.

“This [the manufacturing of mobile phones in Pakistan] reflects a positive uptake on PTA’s Mobile Device Manufacturing Authorisation regulatory regime whereby local manufacturing within the first year of regime introduction has resulted in the production of 12.27 million phones in a short span of 7 months including 4.87M 4G smartphones,” the telecommunication regulator said.

“The successful implementation of Device Identification Registration and Blocking System (DIRBS) along with conducive government policies including the mobile manufacturing policy has created a favourable environment for mobile device manufacturing in Pakistan.”

The policy, the PTA said, has also contributed positively to the mobile ecosystem of Pakistan by eliminating the counterfeit device market providing a level playing field for commercial entities and has created trust amongst consumers due to the formulation of standardized legal channels for device imports.