The local manufacturing units of Pakistan are doing a great job in speeding up the mobile phone manufacturing industry. According to the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), the country manufactured/assembled 9.72 million mobile phones locally in the first four months (Jan-April) of 2022. While only 0.86 million mobile phones are imported commercially during the same period.
Pakistan manufactured 9.72 million mobile phones locally in the first 4 months of 2022
In the month of April, the units manufactured/assembled 2.56 million mobile phones against 0.25 million imports. In 2021, Pakistan manufactured/assembled 24.66 million mobile phones locally, up from 13.05 million in 2020.
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The country is also experiencing a decline in imports of mobile phones. In 2021, the country imported 10.26 million cell phones compared to 24.51 million in 2020.
Of the 9.72 million cell phones, 5.69 million are 2G and 4.03 million are smartphones. According to PTA data, 53% of mobile devices are smartphones and 47% are 2G on the Pakistani network.
Although the industry has seen significant growth in mobile phone production, we are still lagging behind in some respects. For example, Pakistan imported mobile phones worth $1.810 billion in the first ten months (July-April) of 2021-22, compared to $1.684 billion in the same period last year. , registering a growth of 7.43%.
According to the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS), overall telecom imports increased by 14.05% from (July-April) 2021 to 22.
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