Local mobile phones manufacturing surpasses imports

Hamza HabibOur Correspondent

26th Aug, 2021. 07:00 pm
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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has surpassed the manufacturing of local mobile phones, compared with the imported ones, as during January to July 2021, the local production stood at 12.27 million, while the country imported 8.29 million mobile phones, the data released by the national telecom authority revealed on Thursday.

This trend reflects a positive uptake on the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority’s (PTA) Mobile Device Manufacturing (MDM) Authorisation regulatory regime; whereby the local manufacturing within the first year of the regime has resulted in the production of 12.27 million phones in a short span of seven months, including 4.87 million 4G smartphones.

A spokesman for PTA 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.

It has also contributed positively to the mobile ecosystem of Pakistan by eliminating counterfeit device market providing a level-playing field for commercial entities and has created trust among the consumers due to the formulation of standardised legal channels for all sorts of device imports.

The government had introduced a comprehensive mobile manufacturing policy to encourage and attract manufacturers to establish their units in Pakistan.

In the light of the policy, PTA issued Mobile Device Manufacturing (MDM) Regulations on January 28, 2021. Till now, 26 companies have been issued MDM authorisation, enabling them to manufacture mobile devices in Pakistan.

The companies included renowned brands such as Samsung, Nokia, Oppo, Tecno, Infinix, Vgotel, Q-mobile, etc.

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