14.08 million mobile phones manufactured between January and June: PTA – Business & Finance

ISLAMABAD: Local manufacturing plants manufactured/assembled 14.08 million mobile phone handsets in the first six months (Jan-June) of 2022, compared to 1.14 million commercially imported, according to Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA).

Local manufacturing plants manufactured/assembled 1.67 million mobile phone handsets in June 2022. Mobile phone handsets manufactured/assembled by local manufacturing plants in calendar year 2021 amounted to 24, 66 million compared to 13.05 million in 2020, an increase of 88%. Commercial imports of mobile phone handsets stood at 10.26 million in 2021 from 24.51 million in 2020, official PTA data showed.

The 14.08 million locally manufactured/assembled mobile phones include 8.06 million 2G phones and 6.02 million smartphones. Moreover, according to PTA data, 54% of mobile devices are smartphones and 46% 2G on the Pakistani network.

However, despite the increase in local production of mobile phones, Pakistan imported mobile phones worth $1.978 billion in the financial year 2021-22, according to the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS).

Overall telecom imports into the country during the reporting period i.e. FY 2021-22 increased by 3.52% from $2.593 billion in July-June 2020-21 to $2.684 billion during the same period of the last period.

On a monthly basis, mobile phone imports into Pakistan decreased by 76.52% in June 2022 and remained at $32.221 million compared to $137.213 million imported in May 2022, PBS data showed.

On a yearly basis, mobile phones experienced negative growth of 84.26% from $204.677 million in June 2021.

The successful implementation of the Device Identification Registration and Blocking System (DIRBS) along with supportive government policies including the Mobile Manufacturing Policy has created an enabling environment for the manufacturing of mobile devices in the Pakistan.

It has also contributed positively to the mobile ecosystem of Pakistan by eliminating the market for counterfeit devices providing a level playing field for business entities and has created trust among consumers through the formulation of standardized legal channels for all kinds of device imports. devices.

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